Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Gives Stern Response to Tweet Mocking Stefanos Tsitsipas

Published 09/04/2021, 3:20 PM EDT
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


Billed as one of the favorites in the US Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a shock exit in the third round yesterday. In a five-set thriller, the third seed lost to Carlos Alcaraz Garfia despite winning the fourth set 6-0.

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During his time in New York, the Greek star drew the ire of fans and players due to his lengthy bathroom breaks. After Tsitsipas’ exit, his coach Patrick Mouratoglou replied angrily to a tweet which made a joke at the 23-year-old’s expense.

Patrick Mouratoglou responds to tweet mocking Stefanos Tsitsipas

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In his opening match against Andy Murray, Tsitsipas took a bathroom break which exceeded seven minutes. While Tsitsipas won the match in five sets, Murray reacted angrily to the Greek’s actions, after which he also took a swipe on Twitter.

The third seed also did the same thing in his next two matches, which drew negative reactions from the crowd when he returned to the court. After his loss to the 18-year-old Alcaraz, a tweet mocking Tsitsipas did the rounds on the social media platform.

The tweet carried an image of a toilet sign with a blocked sign covering it. Under it, the sign read, “Toilet out of order.” Furthermore, the caption read, “US Open organisers if Tsitsipas wants to leave the court.”

Mouratoglou, who coaches Tsitsipas, took offense to this tweet, and hit back at it. Along with mentioning the tweet, the Frenchman wrote“Not pretty to hit a man when he is down. Always feels safer to rally the pack though.”

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No Mouratoglou-coached players left in US Open 2021

Tsitsipas’ third-round elimination meant no players coached by Mouratoglou made the fourth round of the hard court Grand Slam. The Frenchman is a feature during the Greek’s matches, seated alongside his father Apostolos.

PARIS, FRANCE May 27. Apostolos Tsitsipas and Patrick Mouratoglou, coaches of Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece watching him practice against Dominic Thiem of Austria on Court Suzanne Lenglen in preparation for the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 27th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

His biggest star, Serena Williams, withdrew from the US Open just days before it began. This left Coco Gauff as the only player coached by Mouratoglou in the women’s singles category. However, the teenager suffered a loss to 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the second round.

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