“It’s Not Astrophysics”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Calls Out Chair Umpire After Controversy at Cincinnati Open 2021

Published 08/22/2021, 6:16 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 6, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his fourth round match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier


Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has been one of the few men’s players who has managed to create an impact. With each year passing by, World No. 3 has been making constant progress. He already made it to a Grand Slam final for the first time this season. 

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Recently, Stefanos Tsitsipas was playing his semifinal match in the Cincinnati Open. During the match, he took a bathroom break and has done that quite often in the past. Due to that, the chair umpire confronted him and the Greek star did not take it too well. 

HAMBURG, GERMANY – JULY 15: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been digitally enhanced) Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece attends a training session with his father Apostolos Tsitsipas of Greece during the Hamburg European Open 2021 at Rothenbaum on July 15, 2021 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Scheuber/Getty Images for matchmakers)

Stefanos responded by stating, “I have already said it. Nothing crazy. It’s not astrophysics. I’m heading towards the locker room to go change my T-shirt. I don’t think it would be very nice if I change my shorts on the court in front of everybody. I prefer to do that in the locker room, including socks and shoes. I’m not going to stop doing it, because it makes me feel better when I step out on the court to begin the new set.”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas played a thriller in Melbourne

Reflecting on his current season, Stefanos began his journey in Australia and came as far as the semifinal. During the tournament, he played one of the best matches of the season, beating Rafael Nadal in five sets. He was down two sets and came back to win the next three sets. 

Aug 10, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns a ball to Ugo Humbert of France (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

After that, he had a successful clay season. He won his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo. He was the finalist against Rafa in Barcelona. Soon after, he came to the French Open final, which was his first Grand Slam final appearance. Later on, he lost in the opening round at the Wimbledon Championships. 

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Now that his journey has ended in Cincinnati, he will be next seen at the US Open 2021. He is one of the possible contenders to lift his first maiden Grand Slam title. We wish him the best of luck. 

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Rohan Kollare

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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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