Stefanos Tsitsipas and his lengthy rest room breaks proceed to be a supply of nice dialogue, debate and memes through the ongoing 2021 US Open.
The 23-year-old’s seven-minute rest room break at an important juncture of his match in opposition to Andy Murray precipitated main controversy earlier within the week. Murray complained about it at size through the match and even at his post-match press convention, claiming that such a break was dangerous to opponents.
In his match in opposition to Adrian Mannarino, Tsitsipas took an extended rest room break as soon as once more, after the top of the third set (which he misplaced). When he returned to the court docket after seven minutes he was roundly booed by the gang, however the Greek managed to regain his focus and take the match in 4 units.
A few different gamers, together with Alexander Zverev, have additionally complained about Stefanos Tsitsipas’ rest room breaks not too long ago. Tsitsipas, nonetheless, does not assume he’s doing something incorrect. Throughout his press convention after beating Mannarino, the 23-year-old reiterated that the bathroom breaks are “necessary” for him as he wants to vary his sweaty garments sometimes.
“It will be important,” Tsitsipas stated. “To start with, you carry much less weight on you with all of the sweat. You’re feeling rejuvenated, you are feeling recent, and you do not have all of the sweat bothering you and coming in your face, in your fingers, in all places throughout your physique. It makes you are feeling higher.”
Tsitsipas went on so as to add that he tries to be as fast as doable through the breaks, and that it is not a giant deal if he takes a bit of extra time than normal once in a while.
“For me you will need to take that break. For another person most likely not. And everybody has his personal time,” he defined. “I try to be as fast as I can. Generally I simply want a bit extra time. That is all.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas was additionally requested in regards to the booing from the gang, in response to which he claimed the followers did not know what it takes to play tennis on the highest degree.
“I have not performed something incorrect, so I do not perceive,” Tsitsipas stated. “The individuals love the game, they arrive to observe tennis. I’ve nothing in opposition to them. I like the followers. However some individuals do not perceive, that is all.”
“They have not performed tennis at excessive degree to grasp how a lot effort and the way a lot tough it’s to do what we’re doing,” he added. “Generally we’d like a brief break to do what we have now to do.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas additionally talked about how totally different gamers have totally different wants, and that a few of them use different issues to their benefit – just like the 25-second rule between serves.
“It is simply my private wants,” Tsitsipas stated. “Some individuals produce other wants. Some gamers take, as we all know, way more than 25 seconds between factors, which is truthful. Please inform me it is truthful. It has occurred. That’s true.”
“I simply do not perceive when some gamers go and criticize different gamers” – Stefanos Tsitsipas on Andy Murray’s feedback
Andy Murray, in the meantime, has continued to make sly remarks on Twitter after his 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3, 3-6, 4-6 loss to Tsitsipas. On Tuesday he in contrast the length of Tsitsipas’ breaks to the time it takes Jeff Bezos to enter house, and early on Thursday he posed a cryptic query about whether or not something “attention-grabbing” had occurred the earlier night time.
The Scot was making a transparent reference to Stefanos Tsitsipas’ rest room break in his match in opposition to Adrian Mannarino.
In his presser on Monday, Murray had identified that in lengthy breaks in the midst of a match the physique cools down. In accordance with the Scot, that makes it tough to right away begin enjoying at a excessive degree when the motion resumes.
“While you’re enjoying a brutal match like that, , stopping for seven, eight minutes, you do calm down,” Murray had stated. “You possibly can put together for it mentally as a lot as you want, but it surely’s the truth that it does have an effect on you bodily whenever you take a break that lengthy, properly, a number of instances through the match.”
Whereas Tsitsipas didn’t immediately tackle Murray’s level throughout his presser on Thursday, he did specific hope that he can focus on the matter privately with the previous World No. 1.
“I stated that we should always each focus on it, the 2 of us, as a result of I adopted the foundations,” Tsitsipas stated. “I did not break something, any guidelines. I feel there may be rule for that which actually does not specify the time that you need to spend within the rest room.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas additional claimed he by no means complains about what different gamers do, and that he feels he ought to obtain the identical form of remedy when he takes a couple of liberties. In accordance with the Greek, the bathroom breaks do not have an effect on the results of any match, so he does not perceive why opponents put “an excessive amount of emphasis” on them.
“I haven’t got something in opposition to any participant, and I by no means complain of what different gamers do,” Tsitsipas stated. “Since a younger child, my dad and mom have taught me to not watch different individuals’s enterprise, and focus on myself, do my job.”
“I simply do not perceive when some gamers go and criticize different gamers, or throughout a match they put an excessive amount of emphasis on it,” he added. “The sport is the sport. It isn’t going to vary a lot even when…”
Apparently, Stefanos Tsitsipas additionally introduced up an incident from the 2012 US Open ultimate, when Andy Murray had self-admittedly taken a rest room break to regroup. However because the reporter identified to Tsitsipas in response, Murray’s break again then was shorter than three minutes – in contrast to the Greek’s significantly longer ones.
This is how the trade went:
Stefanos Tsitsipas: “I’ve a query for you. I do not watch different individuals’s enterprise. However I keep in mind watching it after I was youthful. Are you able to please verify when Andy Murray confronted Novak Djokovic on the ultimate right here, earlier than the fifth set, that break, are you able to please look it up and let me know subsequent time?
Reporter: “I did. He took lower than three minutes.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas: “Lower than three minutes, okay.”
Reporter: “I seemed it up.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas: “Okay. So three minutes extra make a distinction?”
Reporter: “He thought so. It is a query of clearly you are doing one thing that’s upsetting your friends.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas: “Okay.”
The video of the trade might be seen under: