Stefanos Tsitsipas defiant after latest US Open toilet break leads to boos

Stefanos Tsitsipas heard boos from the crowd after he took yet another long break off court at the US Open after dropping a set during his second-round victory over Adrian Mannarino.

Tsitsipas said he was unbothered by the crowd’s reaction on Wednesday night, or the criticism he received from Andy Murray after taking breaks while beating him two days earlier.

Tsitsipas said that he’s doing nothing that violates any regulation. “If I break a rule, sure, I’m guilty. I agree; I’m not doing something right,” Tsitsipas said after beating Mannarino in four sets. “If I’m staying within the guidelines, then what’s the issue?”

The grand slam rule book says players should take a “reasonable” amount of time, but does not provide an exact number of minutes that would be acceptable. 在星期三, Tsitsipas took a toilet break that created an eight-minute delay between the end of the third set and start of the fourth.

在星期一, Murray also said he “lost respect” for Tsitsipas, after he took long breaks off court during their five-set first-round match.

Tsitsipas said he feels refreshed after he heads off the court to change his clothing. Asked about the spectators’ boos, 他回答: “I haven’t done anything wrong, so I don’t understand. The people love the sport; they come to watch tennis. I have nothing against them. I love the fans. But some people don’t understand. That’s all. They don’t understand. They haven’t played tennis at high level to understand how much effort and how much difficult it is to do what we are doing. Sometimes we need a short break to do what we have to do.”

Mannarino, who practiced serves to keep his shoulder loose while his opponent was off court, said that the fault lies with the rule book, not Tsitsipas. “He’s not doing anything wrong,” Mannarino said. “I think the rule is wrong.”

同时, former US Open champion Sloane Stephens voiced her support for Murray’s view.

“They make a lot of rule changes for smaller things, 喜欢, they took one minute off the warmup,“ 她说. “I think there definitely needs to be a rule or changes … When you get into six, seven, eight, nine minutes, 行, what are you doing in there? Do you need help?”