Serena Williams’ Coach, Patrick Mouratoglou Hits Back With Delay Between Serves to Defend Stefanos Tsitsipas

Published 09/06/2021, 6:30 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)


Stefanos Tsitsipas came into the US Open as a favorite to clinch his maiden Grand Slam. However, his most prominent contribution to the tournament was inciting a fiery debate around lengthy bathroom breaks.

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Fans and players turned on the Greek star for taking long breaks in between matches, which seemed to swing the momentum towards him. With Tsitsipas taking a hit from many across the world, his coach Patrick Mouratoglou made a recent appearance to clear the air.

Patrick Mouratoglou brings up players taking breaks during serves

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Despite being the third seed, Tsitsipas suffered a shock exit in the third round. 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz pulled of the biggest upset of the tournament so far by defeating the Greek in five sets. Although he put on a good performance, fans in the Ashe subjected Tsitsipas to jeers since he took a lengthy bathroom break yet again in that match.

Appearing for an interview with Tennis Majors, Mouratoglou decided to set the facts straight. The Frenchman mentioned how players take shorter breaks during serves to catch their breath.

He said“Some players purposely miss their first serve because they are out of breath, so they can take as much time between first second serve to recover. If the opponent is ready to serve and waits, they don’t care that much.”

In addition, he mentioned those are the same players who complain about Tsitsipas’ breaks despite holding up the Greek with this tactic.

“And sometimes it’s the same players who complain about Stefanos taking too much time in the toilet break. But do they think about how much time they take between first and second serve? Do they think about how much time they make Stefanos wait when he serves, because his pace is fast? They don’t do that, because it’s good for them.”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas to remain World No. 3 despite early US Open exit

The 23-year-old has failed to win an ATP tournament since the Lyon Open in May. In addition, he failed to reach the quarterfinals in Wimbledon and the US Open. Despite those setbacks, his 8,350 ranking points will be enough to keep him as the World No. 3 for now.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece hits to Andy Murray of Great Britain (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

With his run in New York over, the Greek star shifts his focus to the Laver Cup, where he will represent Team Europe.

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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