FILE PHOTO: Aug 13, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece serves a ball to Casper Ruud of Norway (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Stefanos Tsitsipas addressed the controversial bathroom break questions he has been getting, saying that it has been infuriating for him and his partner.

Tsitsipas drew a lot of flak after he took some long bathroom breaks at the Cincinnati Masters and US Open. It was an unusual sight indeed, and drew a lot of reactions.

Many accused him of deliberately winding up his opponents with his trips to the bathroom mid-match. This included Andy Murray at the US Open, who lashed out at the Greek player for his actions.

Tsitsipas addressed the controversial bathroom break questions he has been getting, and delivered a sharp reply to his critics.

“Ask my girlfriend regarding bathroom breaks… it’s been pissing her off since day one,” he said, as quoted by Tennis World USA.

“No! My intention is not to disturb anyone’s rhythm, it’s not a tactical tool. I only look at myself anyway and not at the opponent. I’ve also gone to the bathroom after winning a set 6-0 and changed my clothes.

“It always has to do with the outside conditions. At the tournament in Indian Wells, I didn’t do it once because the conditions were very dry.

“I didn’t sweat as much as in Cincinnati and at the US Open before. The conditions were different and I reacted accordingly.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas: Questions regarding my bathroom breaks piss off my girlfriend
Tsitsipas (pictured) has been receiving criticism for his bathroom breaks. Source: tennisworldusa.org

No Murray of hope

The incident between Tsitsipas and Murray received a lot of press, with the latter slamming the World No. 4 for breaking the rhythm of the game with his break.

“But, yeah, it can’t be coincidence that it’s happening at those moments,” he said.

“I don’t believe it was causing him any issue at all. The match went on for another two and a bit hours after that or something. He was fine, moving great I thought.

“Yeah, it’s just disappointing because I thought it influenced the outcome of the match. I’m not saying I necessarily win that match, for sure, but it had influence on what was happening after those two breaks.

“I rate him a lot. I think he is a brilliant player. I think he is great for the game. But I have zero time for that stuff all, and I lost respect for him.”

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