“Really Not Malicious”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Defends Himself After Toilet Break Controversy at US Open 2021

Published 09/21/2021, 7:00 AM 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 news lately for his toilet break controversies. There have been a number of players in recent times who have spoken up about his longer-than-usual bathroom breaks that often result in disruptions of momentum for his opponents. 

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However, Tsitsipas still continues to defend himself taking those breaks and maintains that he will continue to do so in the future. To his defense, he added that he has taken breaks after he has won a 6-0 in the past. 

Sep 3, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece hits a shot against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in a third round match on day five of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The 23-year-old player spoke on this subject and stated, “When I just won the set 6-0 and take a toilet break, I don’t think it’s very good for me. And I did that too, so it’s really not malicious.” (Translated via Google Translate)

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During the US Open this season, there were many instances in which he took a break, but the one in the first-round match against Andy Murray, it did result in a change of momentum. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas was involved in one of the best matches of the season

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Reflecting on Stefanos’ season so far, he began competing in Melbourne and came as far as the semifinal of the Australian Open. In the quarterfinal, he fought back from being two sets down to eventually win that match against Rafael Nadal.

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

At the French Open, he reached the final for the first time but ended up losing to Novak Djokovic. At the Wimbledon Championships, he crashed out in the opening round, losing to Frances Tiafoe. 

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He was most recently seen in New York at the US Open. However, his journey came to an end after losing to Spanish teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz.

Watch this story: Top Seeds Naomi Osaka, John Isner, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Others Who Faced Huge Upsets at US Open

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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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