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US Open the excitement is over

After a fortnight of action and excitement, this year’s US Open has provided us with more than its fair share of headlines, and not all for the right reasons. Quite apart from trying to defeat one’s opponent, the players have also had to contend with extreme heat conditions, especially prevalent on the apparently poorly ventilated Arthur Ashe Stadium, leading to the introduction of 10 minute heat breaks. However, this in itself created a storm when Sir Andy Murray accused his opponent Fernando Verdasco of receiving coaching whilst he took a quick ice-bath during one such break. Murray went on to lose the Rd2 match, and subsequently took the difficult decision that he would not be physically up to representing GB in the upcoming Davis Cup match in Glasgow. Further controversy surrounded France’s Alize Cornet, who was warned for changing her top whilst on court, whilst Nick Kyrgios, never far from the limelight, appeared to receive a pep talk from the umpire whilst trailing during a match he then went on to win. It appears that an otherwise colourful tournament has a lot of grey areas.