After the Andy Murray feud, Stefanos Tsitsipas was booed for taking another restroom break at the US Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas took yet another long break during his second round match against Adrian Mannarino, after being chastised for doing so in his first round encounter against Andy Murray.
During his second-round encounter at the US Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas was embroiled in yet another toilet break scandal. The third seed beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-4 6-7(4) 6-0 to follow up his five-set victory against Andy Murray in round one. Tsitsipas was booed by the New York fans after he left the court for a long time after losing a set against Mannarino, after being caught in a quarrel with the Brit following a lengthy lavatory break taken during their match.
In the days since his spectacular first-round match with Murray, Tsitsipas has stirred a heated debate about the regulations surrounding off-court pauses.
Murray became visibly agitated and accused him of “cheating” when the Greek fled the court for eight minutes before the fifth set.
During his post-match press conference, the 2012 US Open champion continued to scream and took aim at his opponent, saying he had “lost respect” for the world No 3.
When Tsitsipas took to the court on Wednesday night for his round of 64 match against Mannarino, he was already the talk of the tennis world, and he was jeered by the fans for taking another in the midst of the controversy.
Tsitsipas got off to a fast start, winning the first two sets, but losing the third set on a tie-break to the world No 44.
The Greek then left the court for an extended toilet break, just like he did when fending off a resurgent Murray to win the fourth set of their match 6-3 after being 5-0 ahead.
Mannarino requested balls to keep himself warm and practice serving as Tsitsipas took yet another seven-minute trip to the lavatory in a second consecutive match as Tsitsipas’s brief break from the court continued.
When the third seed returned, the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd booed him, but Tsitsipas defended himself and slammed the spectators after the match when asked about the incident.
He stated after shooting a career-high 27 aces to seal victory, “I haven’t done anything wrong, so I don’t understand.”
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