• Monday, Jul 04, 2022
  • Last Update : 03:54 pm

Nothing sinister about my bathroom breaks: Tsitsipas

  • Published at 08:14 pm August 22nd, 2021
Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

The glistening Greek can't understand complaints about his leaving the court to change clothes

Stefanos Tsitsipas worked up a sweat in his two-and-three-quarter-hour loss to Alexander Zverev in Saturday's semi-final at the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters.

And the glistening Greek can't understand complaints about his leaving the court to change clothes.

"Nothing crazy. It's not astrophysics," Tsitsipas said after exiting 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4) to his German rival, who was clearly annoyed by the eight-minute interruption in play at the end of the first set.

"I'm heading towards the locker room to go change my T-shirt. I don't think it would be very nice if I change shorts on the court in front of everybody," Tsitsipas said.

The world number three added: "I'm a person that sweats a bit more than others. I think it's acceptable, it's just how it works for me."

Suspicions have been raised that such a break -- Tsitsipas carried his full clothing bag off court -- might be an opportunity for some sneaky coaching via text.

No sooner had that possibility been mentioned on an international television feed than the shot switched to father-coach Apostolos texting on his phone in the player box.

However, the younger Tsitsipas said he will not change his ways.

"I'm not going to stop doing it, because it makes me feel  better when I step out on the court to begin the new set," he said of leaving the court to change.

Tsitsipas may have been pushing his luck when -- after barely 90 minutes of play and one lengthy change already -- he tried to leave the court again for the same purpose after winning the second set.


Also Read: FIFA 'working with' FIFPro to help evacuate Afghan players


But the expedition was stopped by the chair umpire who said he had used up his quota of break time.

"I somehow managed it (to play while sweat-soaked)  but it wasn't nice of him. I will check the rulebook later," Tsitsipas said.

"A player shall be allowed to go to the bathroom in each single set, as far as I know."

He added: "We are trying to play tennis out there, obviously sweating a lot, giving our best effort and our effort is not really being appreciated. 

"I'm very sad to see it be this way."

Zverev took a dim view of the lengthy pause in play, complaining to the chair umpire.

"I'm somebody that likes to win or lose with (the) tennis," he told Tennis Channel after the match. "I never take a medical timeout when I don't need it. I never go to the bathroom when I don't need it.

"Some people use it (the break rule) for their advantage," he added. "The rules are very bendable, I would say.

"I was a little frustrated because it did happen (with Tsitsipas) at the French Open already before the fifth set. It did happen in Acapulco as well, so there was a little frustration but it's all good."


50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail