Reuters has revealed that ATP is considering changing the rules for toilet breaks dear to world number 3, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, who sparked controversy during the last US Open, and angered many opponents.
The last Grand Slam tournament of the season which was played in New York was full of surprises and made headlines, with two new winners in Major, Emma Raducanu and Daniil Medvedev. But the one who caused the most controversy was the world number 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas, who lost in the third round to the sensation Carlos Alcaraz. The Greek, who had won against Andy Murray and Adrian Mannarino in his first two laps, had provoked strong reactions from his opponents vis-à-vis his toilet breaks.
🚽 Toilets are becoming a real topic in world tennis.https://t.co/oP0PY1rwpt
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Many observers criticize the last Roland-Garros finalist for taking too long during his “toilets breaks”. They accuse him of breaking the rhythm excessively or taking the opportunity to discuss tactics with his coach. Andy Murray had even joked on Twitter by comparing the Greek with Jeff Bezos, who had made a flight in space for a few minutes. “He takes twice as long to go to the bathroom as Jeff Bezos does to go to space. It’s interesting. But according to an ATP source who confided in Reuters, it should soon be ancient history. ” There will be a change to the rules regarding toilet breaks and medical timeouts in the field, says an informant close to the case. I hope that before the start of the next season, in January, we will have stricter rules. It has been a problem for a long time, but we are now taking a serious approach to try to change this. “A rule that will force the native of Athens (or Novak Djokovic, who had also created controversy at Roland Garros for the same reason) to find another way to break the rhythm.