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NEW YORK — After defeating No. 44 Adrian Mannarino on Wednesday night time, No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas is now the winningest participant on the ATP Tour in 2021, with 50 wins. He hit a profession-high 27 aces, and 53 winners, and all anyone needs to discuss about are his bathroom breaks.
Tsitsipas took handiest 2 hours and 41 minutes to dismantle Mannarino, 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-0, which didn’t consist of the seven or eight-minute prolonged hiatus he took after dropping the third keep of living. Mannarino, who was once visibly irked by what many gamers on tour behold as a stall tactic — and a violation of tennis’ unwritten tips — asked for balls so he may possibly possibly apply serves whereas his opponent was once off the courtroom.
Tsitsipas returned from his spoil to boos from the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I haven’t done anything depraved, so I don’t understand,” Tsitsipas said in a submit-match press conference. “The folks fancy the sport, they arrive to watch tennis. I absorb nothing in opposition to them. I fancy the fans.
“But some folks don’t understand. That’s all. They keep no longer understand. They haven’t played tennis at high level to appreciate how powerful effort and how powerful sophisticated it is to fabricate what we are doing.”
Tsitsipas has a historic previous of taking prolonged, mid-match breaks, but his actions absorb come to about a kind of head at this U.S. Inaugurate. They reached a boiling point Monday when he played Andy Murray in the principle spherical of the Inaugurate, and departed the courtroom for greater than seven minutes. After the match, Murray said he’d misplaced all respect for Tsitsipas, and on Tuesday morning, said that it takes Tsitsipas “twice as prolonged to bolt to the bathroom as it takes Jeff Bezos to fly into house.”
Tsitsipas taking a seven-to-eight minute prolonged spoil in his match in opposition to Mannarino on Wednesday did now not de-escalate the situation. Mannarino, when asked what he even handed Tsitsipas’ resolution to rob an extended spoil, said that he was yet again agitated by the rule itself, rather than the participant taking income of it. The 2021 Legitimate Expansive Slam Rule Book says that a participant can leave the courtroom “for an cheap time for a bathroom spoil, a alternate of attire spoil, or every, but for no other cause.” The rule does no longer state a limit for how prolonged the spoil should always be.
“Well, I maintain he’s no longer doing anything depraved, I maintain the rule is depraved,” Mannarino said after the match. “I don’t maintain he’s doing anything depraved, this means that of he’s allowed to fabricate that. I maintain possibly the ATP may possibly possibly also restful possibly take into fable changing the foundations about these prolonged breaks.”
The majority of the questions directed Tsitsipas’ device in his submit-match press conference were bathroom-related, which appeared as if it would frustrate the Greek participant. At one point, a moderator mandatory to step in, and advised journalists to no longer belabor the point.
“It’s important,” Tsitsipas said of taking his spoil. “First of all, you raise much less weight on you with the total sweat. You would also very effectively be feeling rejuvenated, you feel original, and also you retain no longer absorb the total sweat bothering you and approaching your face, on your fingers, in all locations in each place your body. It makes you feel better.
“For me it is a will should always absorb to rob that spoil. For any individual else possibly no longer. And everybody has his absorb time. I attempt to be as fleet as I will. In most cases I appropriate want a little bit more time. That’s all.”
Tsitsipas fielded a keep a question to concerning the belief of breaking an unwritten rule, and maintained that he had done nothing depraved.
“I’ve done every thing the appropriate device,” he said. “If I haven’t, I should always be penalized. I entirely have faith it. I may possibly possibly also restful internet a comely or penalized if I haven’t adopted whatever I’ve done appropriately. But as far as I do know, you understand, it is a necessity, it is a necessity once I’m in the market taking part in, performing.”
When pressed about Murray’s comments by reporter Ben Rothenberg, Tsitsipas insinuated that Murray had taken a prolonged bathroom spoil himself, in the 2012 U.S. Inaugurate males’s final in opposition to Novak Djokovic.
“I absorb a keep a question to for you,” Tsitsipas said. “I don’t watch folks’s enterprise. But I keep in mind watching it once I was once younger. Can you please evaluate when Andy Murray faced Novak Djokovic at the final here, before the fifth keep of living, that spoil, are you able to please leer it up and let me know next time?”
“I did,” Rothenberg spoke back. “He took lower than three minutes.”
“Now now not up to three minutes, OK,” Tsitsipas said. “So, three minutes more manufacture a distinction?”
Tsitsipas is scheduled to play No. 55 Carlos Alcaraz in the third spherical of the Inaugurate this week. It’s likely that more attention will be paid to his time spent off the courtroom, than on it.
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