American tennis player Noah Rubin had a footwear malfunction in his second round game against compatriot John Isner at the Citi Open in Washington, US. Speedy Noah Rubin was so fast he gave himself a flat tire and then threw said tire into the crowd.
The players were in the middle of the second set when the bizarre episode occurred, much to the amusement of the crowd at the stadium.
Rubin was 3-2 down when he scampered to the net to return a ball sent over by Isner. The 22-year-old player’s burst of speed apparently caused his shoe to shred.
World number 152 Rubin switched the destroyed footwear, which he later tossed into the crowd, converting the shoe into a tennis souvenir.
Rubin took a surprise 6-4 7-6 victory, ousting the higher-ranked Isner who was seeded second at the tournament.
He will next face Andrey Rublev of Russia for a place in the Citi Open quarter-finals.
Noah Rubin secured his first-ever win over a top-10 player by beating fellow American John Isner.
The No. 2-seeded Isner was coming off a title in Atlanta last week and a semifinal run at Wimbledon last month.
His all-American matchup against Rubin originally was supposed to be played Wednesday, but was postponed because of a thunderstorm.
Andy Murray has dropped out of the Citi Open in Washington due to fatigue after a marathon match that started after midnight because of a rain delay and finished just after 3 am (0700 GMT) Friday.
Murray, who was reduced to tears after the early-morning match against Marius Copil, pulled out of his quarter-final match against Alex de Minaur scheduled to take place Friday evening, organizers of the ATP World Tour tournament said.
He also announced on Facebook he will not compete in the Rogers Cup in Toronto next week, another of the hard-court warm-up tournaments ahead of the US Open starting August 27.
Murray, 31, cited the number of matches he’s played in Washington – all three were three-setters – adding “I need to be smart with my rest and recovery as I come back from injury.”
The former world number one had been out for 11 months following Wimbledon last year and had hip surgery in January.
He said he will play at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio later this month.
“Appreciate all the support in Washington, it’s amazing to be back playing,” he said.
But Murray was sour after his late night match and court-side sobbing episode, criticizing organizers of the Citi Open, which has been plagued by rain nearly every day this week.
“Finishing matches at 3 in the morning is not good,” Murray said after his 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win over Copil. “It’s not good for the players. It’s not good for anyone, I don’t think, involved in the event. It’s not good for fans, TV. Nobody.”
In another rain-delayed match on Friday evening, top seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev of Germany advanced to the semifinals with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over 7th-ranked Kei Nishikori.
Zverev will face the number 10 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece on Saturday.