World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas insists he is never using bathroom breaks as a tactical way to disturb his opponent.
Tsitsipas drew lots of negative attention and criticism for his lengthy bathroom breaks at the Cincinnati Masters and US Open.
“No! My intention is not to disturb anyone’s rhythm, it’s not a tactical tool. I only look at myself anyway and not at the opponent. I’ve also gone to the bathroom after winning a set 6-0 and changed my clothes,” Tsitsipas told BILD.
“It always has to do with with the outside conditions. At the tournament in Indian Wells, I didn’t do it once because the conditions were very dry. I didn’t sweat as much as in Cincinnati and at the US Open before. The conditions were different and I reacted accordingly.”
Andy Murray unloaded on Tsitsipas
Tsitsipas went for an eight-minute bathroom break following the end of the fourth set of his US Open first round clash against Murray.
Murray was irate with Tsitsipas’ lengthy bathroom break and he was absolutely mad after dropping his serve in the opening game of the fifth.set.
Murray lost the match and unloaded on Tsitsipas during his press conference.
“But, yeah, it can’t be coincidence that it’s happening at those moments. I don’t believe it was causing him any issue at all. The match went on for another two and a bit hours after that or something. He was fine, moving great I thought,” Murray claimed.
“Yeah, it’s just disappointing because I thought it influenced the outcome of the match. I’m not saying I necessarily win that match, for sure, but it had influence on what was happening after those two breaks.
“I rate him a lot. I think he is a brilliant player. I think he is great for the game. But I have zero time for that stuff all, and I lost respect for him.”