Stefanos Tsitsipas slammed toilet break antics at the US Open as “unsportsmanlike.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas is himself in controversy at the US Open after yet another lengthy bathroom break during his second-round match.
Stefanos Tsitsipas has been dubbed “unsportsmanlike” when his strategy of leaving the court for a bathroom break was booed at the US Open.
After Tsitsipas left the court for eight minutes during his first round win, Andy Murray stated he “lost respect” for him and accused him of “cheating.”
After going out for eight minutes against Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the third set, the French Open finalist repeated the feat.
When Tsitsipas returned to the court at Flushing Meadows, he was greeted with jeers and boos, but he went on to win the fourth set 6-0 and close out the contest.
“The guys have been talking about it for a long time,” Mannarino said after hitting balls to keep warm during the break. A potty break for me is simply going to the restroom. Otherwise, you don’t leave the court unless you have to change.
“However, if it’s only to interrupt the beat, I believe the regulations are poorly written. I read an interview with him, I believe in Cincinnati, in which he revealed that it was part of his daily regimen. Obviously, this is beneficial. If you’ve lost a set and are upset, you take a break, take a few deep breaths, and lower the temperature.
“I’m not claiming it affected the game’s outcome, but it’s possible that something needs to be adjusted. Because we sometimes get points or warnings for minor infractions, such as taking longer than 25 seconds to serve. Whereas there, leaving the court when things aren’t going well can be a touch unsportsmanlike.”
Tsitsipas did not break any rules because restroom breaks are not timed.
However, Gilles Simon claims that the new generation of players is employing the strategy as a result of the one-minute break between games and the tougher implementation of the 25-second regulation before a serve.
The Frenchman told L’Equipe, “What I find amusing is that the new generation is the first to have violated this rule: I’m going to p*** when I lose a set.” When I’ve played them, I’ve told them straight up, most notably against Shapovalov, who stormed off the court after losing a.