World No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas exited from the Western and Southern Open 2021 after a sweating semifinal loss to Alexander Zverev. Nevertheless, Greek’s controversial eight-minute bathroom break between the first and second sets is still debatable in the media and social media.
During the semifinal match in Cincinnati, Tsitsipas left the court with a clothing bag after the first set loss. Notably, It was not the first time he did the same thing before as well. But, this time, the opponent, Alexander Zverev, raised a question over Tsitsipas’ mid-match break and complained(might be an opportunity for some sneaky coaching via text) to the chair umpire.
However, now, Stefanos Tsitsipas gave a proper explanation for the halfway break and said he would like to continue to take a break for dress changing in the future.
“I have already said it. Nothing crazy. It’s not astrophysics. I’m heading towards the locker room to go change my T-shirt,” Tsitsipas explained.
Greek added, “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 A Person That Sweats A Bit More Than Others,”: Stefanos Tsitsipas
The 23-year-old also emphasised that their on-court efforts are not to be appreciated. As a result, he feels sad about the suspicious way of thinking over this issue.
Tsitsipas further continued, “I’m a person that sweats a bit more than others. I think it’s acceptable. Some people were teasing me and making fun of this, but it’s just how it works for me.”
“People have to understand. 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.”
“Look, the referee doesn’t have the best reputation on tour among players. I wanted to go change in the third set because I was pouring wet. Couldn’t even hold my racquet.”
“The referee decided not to give me that break that I really wanted to go change clothes and change all of my wet clothes that, you know, weren’t ideal for me to continue at that third set.”
“The referee, for some reason, wanted to customize the rules up to his liking, which was not nice. I have had issues with this referee in the past. I don’t know why he’s so strict. I don’t know why he wants to head towards his way, and, you know, it’s not nice. It’s not nice.”
“We are trying to play tennis out there, obviously sweating a lot, giving our best effort and our effort is not really being appreciated. I’m very sad to see it be this way.”