“Easy To Accuse People Falsely”: Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Clears the Air on Stefanos Tsitsipas Texting His Dad During Bathroom Breaks

Published 09/06/2021, 5:45 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece looks on after losing a point in the thrid set 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)


Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has been in the headlines over the past week. The bathroom breaks taken by him during the US Open this season had become a talking point. During his matches, he would take longer than usual breaks and upon his arrival, the momentum of the match would switch in his favor. 

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Recently, Stefanos Tsitsipas’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou cleared the air on his controversial bathroom breaks. He clearly denied any communication between Stefanos and his father during those breaks. He went on to add that it’s easy for an individual to accuse someone without knowing what the real picture is. 

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 50-year-old coach stated, “Of course he’s not texting his father. Because he can’t and it doesn’t even cross his mind to text his father. But it’s very easy to accuse people falsely, and unfortunately, we live in a world, when you do that, people think it’s true. But it’s not, it’s a lie and it’s a bit shocking but that’s the world we live in I guess in which you accuse someone with zero proof or nothing.”

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Stefanos Tistsipas’ coach highlights difficulties 

Mouratoglou also stated that whenever a player goes for a break or whether they are in the locker room, the players are escorted. As a result, Patrick revealed that it is impossible for a player to communicate during those instances. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece takes a bathroom break during his Men’s Singles third round match against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain 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 Frenchman further added, “It is something impossible to do because if he takes his phone first of all you will see it on Tv. Second of all, they are escorted by people when they go to the toilet when they are in the locker room. All of this makes no sense and they show his father, of course, because that’s the only break he has, that’s the only moment he can check his phone.”

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Now that Stefanos Tsitsipas’ journey at the US Open is over after crashing out to teenage sensation, Carlos Alcaraz. We wish him the very best for the rest of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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