Twice during his third-round match against Marcos Baghdatis, Andy Murray had tennis balls fall out of his pocket in the middle of a point. Those incidents led to two point penalties and forced Murray to ditch the shorts for a longer pair before he played in the second week of Wimbledon.
What was to blame? Poor ball placement in the pocket? Too much thigh-to-pocket friction? A lack of McEnroe-like short tightness?
According to Murray's outfitter, adidas, it was a combination of the three. [We work] closely with Andy on the design of all his kit and we believe the issues were the result of an individual technical error in the handmade pockets of those shorts," adidas wrote in a statement.
I appreciate how adidas conspicuously threw in the "handmade" part, as if that's going to make their screwup acceptable.
Murray switched to the company's longer Barricade Bermuda shorts and had no stray ball problems en route to Friday's semifinal matchup with No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.