Stefanos Tsitsipas taunted after another long toilet break, wins in 4 sets at US Open
NEW YORK – Stefanos Tsitsipas heard boos from the crowd for another long trip off the court at the US Open after losing a set in his second round victory over Adrian Mannarino.
Indifferent to that reaction Wednesday night, or the criticism he received from Andy Murray after taking breaks while beating him two days earlier, Tsitsipas stressed that he was not doing anything that violates a rulebook.
What is true. The Grand Slam rulebook simply says players should take a “reasonable” time, but does not provide an exact number of minutes that would be acceptable.
“If I break a rule, of course I’m guilty. I agree I’m not doing something right,” Tsitsipas said after hitting 27 aces and beating Mannarino 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-0 with the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium due to heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. “If I follow the guidelines, then what’s the problem? “
On Wednesday, Tsitsipas took a toilet break which created an eight-minute delay between the end of the third set and the start of the fourth. His return has been greeted by fans voicing their displeasure, certainly aware that three-time major champion Murray has denounced what he called “nonsense” from the 23-year-old Greek.
Murray also said he had “lost respect” for Tsitsipas, the No.3 seed at Flushing Meadows and a finalist at Roland Garros in June.
Tsitsipas said he felt refreshed after leaving the pitch to change his clothes.
Asked about the boos from the spectators, he replied, “I haven’t done anything wrong so I don’t understand. People love the sport; they come to see tennis. I have nothing against them. I like it. the fans. But some people don’t understand. That’s all. They don’t understand. They haven’t played tennis at a high level to understand how much effort and how hard it is to do what we do. , we need a short break to do what we have to do. “
Mannarino, who got tennis balls and trained on serves to keep his shoulder loose while his opponent was out going into the fourth set, agreed the fault lies with the rulebook, not Tsitsipas.
“He’s not doing anything wrong,” Mannarino said. “I think the rule is wrong.”
The US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament where Tsitsipas has yet to reach the fourth round. He has been at Wimbledon and the semi-finals of the Australian Open until then, in addition to his run at Roland Garros before losing to Novak Djokovic in the final.
Now Tsitsipas will face 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz for a place in the fourth round.
“I want to play the best of my game against him,” Tsitsipas said. “I see him as a potential candidate in the future for Grand Slam titles and other big events.”
In other men’s games, 11th seed Diego Schwartzman knocked out 2017 runner-up Kevin Anderson in a game that started on one pitch before 7:30 p.m. and ended on another just after 1 a.m. after a hiatus. caused by heavy rains and winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
Schwartzman won 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round.
They started at Louis Armstrong Stadium, which has a retractable roof, but the openings created for natural ventilation allowed the rain to blow onto the pitch. Thus, the game was interrupted at 5-5 in the first set so that the surface could be dried. After their resumption, the puddles grew too large at the start of the second set and the action was therefore halted again.
Armstrong was deemed unplayable, so the game moved to Arthur Ashe Stadium, where they were able to pick things up after a break of almost 2.5 hours as another match ended.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.