WATCH: ATP Player Makes Unusual Request To Chair Umpire at St. Petersburg Open 2021

Published 11/01/2021, 9:40 AM EDT
A detailed view of an ATP TOUR logo on a tennis net during the semifinal round of the Western & Southern Open at Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 17, 2019 in Mason, Ohio. (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


With the tennis season soon coming to an end, an interesting match in the ATP St. Petersburg Open 2021 unfolded. Moreover, as Dutch player, Botic Van de Zandschulp was up against Croatian tennis star Marin Cilic, the match went in favor of the US Open 2014 champion but a rather unusual moment amused fans the most.

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Midway through the enticing clash, Botic Van de Zandschulp asked the chair umpire for a quick break as he wanted to take a nap. The hilarious conversation was caught on camera, leaving some fans in splits and some intrigued by the unusual request. 

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Botic said, “Two more minutes, maybe I can take a quick nap.” Surprised, the umpire asked him, “What do you want?” To which, Botic replied, “A quick nap.” “You’re going to the bathroom?” the umpire asked again, as the doctor present intervened, saying, “He hasn’t slept all night.” 

Marin Cilic is too strong in ATP St. Petersburg 2021

Speaking of the match, Cilic was too strong from the beginning, looking in control during the entire match. Notably, he eventually won the game 6-3 6-3 in straight sets. As for the Dutch player, he was visibly not fully fit for the match as he lacked sleep. 
 

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As we talk about the ATP St. Petersburg Open 2021, it was the experience of the Croatian player that came in handy. He beat American tennis player Taylor Fritz in the final. It was a close contest as the match went down to the wire. He won the game 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4. 
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021 Croatia’s Marin Cilic in action during his second round match against Switzerland’s Roger Federer REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
 

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Coming back to Botic Van de Zandschulp, he too had an impressive tournament and many positives to take back. During the course of the event, he beat players like Nishioka and Rublev. It will be interesting to see how he performs in future events. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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