“Most Ridiculous Thing”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Hits Back at Alexander Zverev Over Cheating Allegations

Published 09/04/2021, 12:08 AM EDT
Aug 21, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Alexander Zverev (GER) stands at the net with Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) after a semifinal match during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports


Day 5 of the US Open was off to yet another exhilarating start. However, as fans prepared to catch their stars live, they were far from ready for what was about to come. Right at the heart of tonight’s action was the king of controversy, Stefanos Tsitsipas. Although, on the wrong end of the result, he was beaten in a thrilling 5-setter, courtesy of some unbelievable tennis from Spanish youngster, Carlos Alcaraz.

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Carlos Alcaraz took the world by a storm in what many say is the match of the decade. Despite his young age, he played fiercely, displaying dominance and maturity on the court. In a nail-biting 5-setter, he beat the World No. 3 and made history, cruising into the next round. However, even as the world processed this admirable result in disbelief, Stefanos was once again reminded of the surrounding buzz.

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Following allegations of misconduct from Andy Murray and Alexander Zverev, after his first-round match, Stefanos has remained in the headlines. Notably, post his recent loss, he opened up on the same, and everything in the build-up to the infamous toilet-break controversy.

“It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard”- Stefanos Tsitsipas

In an enticing round 1 clash, Andy Murray was furious with Stefanos’ prolonged bathroom breaks, accusing him of misconduct during the game. However, this wasn’t the first time the World No. 3 faced such allegations. Only weeks ago at the Cincinnati Open, Olympic gold medalist, Alexander Zverev accused Stefanos of the same.

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Now, opening up the incident, Stefanos hit back at the German international and said, “When people are not really in the sport and don’t know what is happening, I mean, all these accusations have been completely false. The one in my match in Cincinnati, which was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Yeah, that was- I don’t know what to say. I mean, that really shows the level of the person that said it.”

Ever since his row with Andy Murray, the crowd had sadly turned against him. However, Stefanos remains unbothered. He said, “Look, I’m not pretending that everyone loves me. I don’t to be- my intentions are not to be loved by everyone. Every person can choose their favorite player, pick a side. I felt that way, but I kind of have ignored it. Because, people don’t know, that’s the thing.”

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Breathtaking tennis

Setting aside the drama that continues to make headlines, Carlos Alcaraz stormed into the limelight. Playing against the Greek god in the third round of the tournament, the Spanish youngster was about to create history, and he was going to do it in style.

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Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Carlos Alcaraz of Spain (left) meets Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece at the net after defeating Tsitsipas on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

In an enthralling 5-setter, Carlos played remarkably to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas, becoming the youngest player to qualify to the fourth round of the US Open, since Pete Sampras and Michael Chang. Undoubtedly, his heroics will go down in history as he promises a bright future for tennis.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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