ATP and UTSA announced on Thursday that they plan to review the rules regarding match delays in response to the Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was criticized this week for unusually long restroom breaks at the US Open.
UTSA said in a statement that it will review the current policy on game delays in response to Tsitsipas’ first and second round matches at the US Open, where he has been criticized for the length and timing of his bathroom breaks and medical downtime. .
STEFANOS TSITSIPAS TAKES ANOTHER LONG BATHROOM BREAK AT US OPEN, PLAYERS CALL FOR RULES CHANGES
“We need to continue to review and explore potential rule adjustments, whether for bathroom breaks / dress change or other areas, which can positively impact the pace of play for our fans and ensure fairness and integrity of the game, ”he added. statement read, via the BBC.
ATP issued a separate statement indicating that a review of the rules has been in the spotlight recently.
“Reviewing the rules regarding toilet breaks, in addition to medical stops, has been an area of interest in recent months,” ATP said. “This remains a work in progress … the assessment process involves extensive consultation with our members and other constituents.”
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The call for changes began during Monday night’s game between Tsitsipas and Andy Murray.
Murray expressed his frustrations after several untimely game delays, telling a supervisor on the pitch: “What’s he doing in there? It’s never taken me so long to go to the bathroom, never . ”
After losing the game, Murray said it wasn’t so much about taking breaks as it was about the length of the delays. He also said there was no “coincidence” when Tsitsipas decided to request a postponement.
“It’s not so much leaving the field. It’s the time it takes,” he said. “When you play a brutal match like that, you know, stopping for seven, eight minutes, you calm yourself down. You can mentally prepare for it as much as you want, but it’s the fact that it affects you physically when you take such a long break, well, several times during the game. “
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He continued: “It’s just disappointing because I think it influenced the outcome of the game… I have no time for that sort of thing, and I lost respect for him.”
Tsitsipas took another eight-minute break in his second-round game on Wednesday, prompting WTA player council member Sloane Stephens to call for a rule change.
“They do a lot of rule changes for smaller things, like, they took a minute less during the warm-up,” she said. “I think there absolutely has to be a rule or some changes.”
Tsitsipas maintained that he was following the rules – which is technically true. The Grand Slam rulebook simply says players should take a “reasonable” time but does not describe what the appropriate time should be.