The ATP has confirmed that timed bathroom breaks will be introduced in 2022 as players will be allowed to go the bathroom for three minutes.
Extended bathroom breaks have been one of the most contentious issues of the 2021 season but now that’s set to come to an end.
Stefanos Tsitsipas took a couple of eight-minute bathroom breaks during the American hard court swing and that prompted the talk about the bathroom break rule change.
Tsitsipas took one of those long bathroom breaks against Andy Murray in the US Open first round.
“But the issue is that you cannot stop the way that affects you physically. When you are playing a brutal match like that, you know, stopping for seven, eight minutes, you do cool down. You can prepare for it mentally as much as you like, but it’s the fact that it does affect you physically when you take a break that long, well, multiple times during the match,” Murray said after the match.
Murray lost ‘respect’ for Tsitsipas
“Every single it was either — well, before my serve as well. I think when he took the medical timeout, it was just after I had won the third set. Also in the fourth set when I had Love-30, he chose to go — I don’t know if he changed his racquet or what he was doing,” Murray added.
“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.”