The ATP is planning to introduce changes to bathroom breaks and on-court medical timeouts. After the fourth set of his US Open first round match against Andy Murray, Stefanos Tsitsipas took a seven-minute long bathroom break.
Murray was irate with Tsitsipas as he lost his service in the opening game of the fifth set and eventually lost the match. Tsitsipas did the same in his US Open second round clash against Adrian Mannarino, prompting more criticism toward his way.
"There will be a change to the rules for bathroom breaks and on-court medical timeouts as well. I hope that before the next season begins in January, we will have a stricter rule when it comes to toilet breaks and medical timeouts," an ATP source told Reuters.
Murray unloaded on Tsitsipas during his post-match press conference
"Every single it was either -- well, before my serve as well. I think when he took the medical timeout, it was just after I had won the third set.
Also in the fourth set when I had Love-30, he chose to go -- I don't know if he changed his racquet or what he was doing," Murray said after the match. "But, yeah, it can't be coincidence that it's happening at those moments.
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," Murray claimed. "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."