Andy Murray was forced to pick up his skin off the iconic black court at the Laver Cup as he went down twice during a rally in his doubles match alongside Matteo Berrettini. The duo were still able to break Jack Sock and Felix Auger-Aliassime to serve for the first set, but there were bizarre scenes as the Brit told the umpire he had removed remnants of his own skin from the court before his knee began bleeding.
Murray and Berrettini were both going for the ball on Team World’s serve at 4-2 in the first set when they ran into one another and the 35-year-old went down on the court, trying to get back up before falling once again. The world No 15 quickly rushed to his side to help him up and Murray could be seen picking something up from the court and taking it to throw away by his bench.
Asked what it was by chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani, the three-time Major champion made a gross confession as he responded: “My skin.” Somehow the pair had still won the point and the Brit continued the game as he and Berrettini were able to break opponents Jack Sock and Felix Auger-Aliassime for the second time, giving themselves the chance to serve for the opener.
Murray’s knee could then be seen bleeding during the changeover from the impact of the fall, and he returned for set two with it bandaged up as he and the Italian took a 6-2 lead to help Team Europe extend their current 8-4 lead over Team World.
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Murray is hoping to win his first match for Team Europe as he is making his Laver Cup debut this year. The world No 43 played his maiden match at the tournament against Alex De Minaur in the singles on Friday, narrowly losing in a match tiebreak, and was gutted afterwards.
“I gave everything on the court today. I tried my hardest,” he said after losing 5-7 6-3 [10-7]. “I was really disappointed not to get the win, but I gave everything. I was really tired. You know, after probably about a set and a half I was struggling, but I gave my all and it was fun.”