France’s Adrian Mannarino didn’t want to bash Stefanos Tsitsipas following their US Open clash but noted that leaving the court while things aren’t going well is a bit unsportsmanlike.
After losing the third set — Tsitsipas went to a seven-minute long bathroom break — and bageled Mannarino in the fourth set to clinch a four-set win.
Tsitsipas did the same after the fourth set against Murray in the US Open first round and the Briton was absolutely irate and furious with the Greek.
“I read Tsitsipas’ interview, I think it was during the tournament in Cincinnati. He said it was part of his routine. It obviously helps. If you just lost a set, you are upset, then take a break, calm down… Maybe the rules should change. Sometimes we get warnings for nonsense, when we do nothing wrong, such as when we take more than 25 seconds before service. On the other hand, it’s a bit unsportsmanlike to leave the court when things are going badly,” Mannarino said after losing to Tsitsipas, as quoted on Sport Klub.
Tsitsipas thought he did nothing wrong against Mannarino
“I didn’t break anything, any rules. I think there is rule for that which really doesn’t specify the time that you have to spend in the bathroom. It is important to take it if you have to. First of all, you carry less weight on you with all the sweat. You feel rejuvenated, you feel fresh, and you don’t have all the sweat bothering you and coming in your face, on your fingers, everywhere all over your body. It makes you feel better,” Tsitsipas said, per Tennis Majors.
“For me it is important to take that break. For someone else probably not. And everyone has his own time. I try and be as quick as I can. Sometimes I just need a bit more time. That’s all. If I break a rule, sure, I’m guilty. I agree, I’m not doing something right. If I’m staying within the guidelines, then what’s the issue?”