‘Ask My Girlfriend’: Stefanos Tsitsipas Gives Cheeky Bathroom Break Reply To Internet Troll

Published 12/26/2021, 2:05 PM EST
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 3 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 28, 2021. Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece sustains an injury during his third round match against Ugo Humbert of France REUTERS/Edgar Su


World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas is one of the biggest draws in the sport. The Greek star has been earning a lot of accolades. In fact, as the former World No. 3, Tsitsipas is the highest-ranked Greek player ever.

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However, the one thing he is infamous for is his bathroom breaks. Many on the circuit, and a lot of fans as well, have not taken too kindly to his behavior. In fact, other players on the circuit, too, have spoken up against it.

Stefanos Tsitsipas fends off criticisms with humor

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Tsitsipas, in the US Open this year, only lasted till the third round. However, in the very first two matches, took three toilet breaks. Moreover, he even had a medical timeout for himself. Furthermore, the Greek also held up the match by deciding to switch rackets in the middle of the match.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03. Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece points to his coaching box after being called for a coaching violation for his coaches giving instructions during the match against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain during his Men’s Singles third round match on Day Five of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The latest tennis movie that is doing the rounds is ‘King Richard,’ and it features the life of Serena and Venus Williams. The final act of the movie depicts Venus Williams’ second professional match against Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. The latter took a long bathroom break, which ended up changing the course of the match.

Thus, somebody on Twitter made a joke about how the movie depicted Vicario’s break as something villainous. However, according to the Twitter user, Stefanos Tsitsipas interrupts his matches for a lot longer. What they might not have expected is the Greek to take notice and respond personally.

In fact, Tsitsipas did react, and the Greek had nothing but jokes about the issue. “Ask my girlfriend regarding bathroom breaks… it’s been pissing her off since day one,” he joked.

 

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Clearly, Tsitsipas has no qualms talking about the matter humorously. In fact, it seems he doesn’t have anything to defend or justify, either. But are his actions during the match for the purpose of interrupting the flow of the game, within the rules?

Many debate the legality of Tsitsipas’ actions

Oct 12, 2021; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) takes a seat during a change over during a third round match against Fabio Fognini (ITA) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Tsitsipas faced Andy Murray in the first round of the US Open and the Brit spoke up against his ‘disruptive behavior.’ With Murray, Tsitsipas took a considerably long toilet break which lasted 8 to 9 minutes.

Moreover, even in the fourth set, he took an 8-minute break and a medical timeout. When he switched rackets while being down on his serve, his former World No. 1 rival was visibly irked.

 

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The New York crowd, too, got behind the Brit and expressed their dissatisfaction with the lengthy interruptions in the match. “I have zero time for that stuff at all and I lost respect for him,” Murray had said in the post-match conference.

Furthermore, Tsitsipas had even interrupted his second-round match against Adrian Mannarino. After losing his second set against the Frenchman, Tsitsipas went off the court for a long toilet break. Then, he came back to win the match in four sets.

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What are your thoughts about Stefanos’ behavior? Is it unsportsmanlike,, or just a rule he’s clever enough to use in his favor?

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.

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