After hot conditions at the US Open on Wednesday, officials applied the ‘extreme heat’ rule, which meant a 10-minute break between the second and third set in women’s matches and the third and fourth set for men’s matches was available if requested by a player.
One of the stipulations of the policy is that players cannot speak to their coaching team during the break.
But after dropping the third set against Verdasco and returning to the court, Murray told the umpire that Verdasco had been speaking to his team during the break.
He said: “He’s sitting there with his coach and his doubles partner.
“I had to tell them because nobody knows the f****** rules.”
Murray went on to lose the match in four sets 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-4.
And when asked about what happened during the break, Murray expressed his unhappiness with the lax ruling.
He said: “I went for a shower. He was having an ice bath.
“When I came out of the shower, his coach and his — I don’t know if he’s playing doubles with him, but one of the Spanish doubles players was in there chatting to him, and you’re not allowed to speak to your coach. I went and told the supervisor.
“I said, ‘What are you guys doing?’ I mean there are’s clear rules here and you’re allowing this to take place. I don’t get it.
“Then he ran through, Oh, you’re not allowed to speak.
“I checked the rules beforehand, and I spoke to my team.
“We were clear you don’t speak to your coaches whatever.
“They obviously weren’t in there for long, but you got to do better than that.
“This is one of the biggest events in the world.
“If you have rules like that, you need to stick with them because one player getting to speak to the coach and the other not is not fair.”