German tennis star Alexander Zverev has acknowledged that Stefanos Tsitsipas is a good player but noted that what he is doing just isn’t fair.
On the opening day of the US Open, former world No. 1 Andy Murray was irate after Tsitsipas left the court and didn’t return for seven minutes.
After the fourth set, Tsitsipas went to a seven-minute long bathroom break and Murray was cooling off while waiting for the Greek to return.
When the match continued, Murray dropped his service game in the opening game of the fifth set.
Tsitsipas ended up beating Murray 2-6 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-3 6-4.
After the match, Murray went off at Tsitsipas said he lost his respect for the Greek.
“Stefanos can play very well if he doesn’t go to the moon and back for a toilet break. It’s happening every match. It’s not normal,” Zverev said, per Jose Morgado.
Zverev called out Tsitsipas at the Cincinnati Masters
After losing the first set to Zverev during their Cincinnati Masters semiifnal, Tsitsipas took his bag and went to a lengthy bathroom break.
Zverev was irate and he was telling chair umpire that Tsitsipas left the court with his bag so he could use his phone and text his father, who works as his coach.
“I’m like either it’s a very magical place he goes to or there is communication there. But I also don’t want to disrespect him. He is a great player. He is No. 3 in the world for a reason. He’s winning tournaments and playing incredible tennis this year for a reason, so it’s not only that,” Zverev added, per Tennis Atlantic.
“But I do believe, and Andy said it, as well, there is some level of respect that everybody needs to have between players. I feel like, yeah, sometimes — or he might just go to the toilet. We don’t know that. That’s also possible. But it just happens too often, I would say.”