The Australian Open won't adopt the ATP's new toilet break rules, the tournament confirmed to The Herald. On Monday, the ATP confirmed that they will introduce timed bathroom breaks in 2022. The Australian Open -- which is governed by the ITF and not by the ATP or WTA -- won't be adopting the rule for the 2022 edition.
Under the new rule, players will be allowed to use ona bathroom break per match and he will be allowed to do so only at the end of a set. The ATP made changes following the Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andy Murray US Open feud.
Murray was furious at Tsitsipas
After the fourth set, Tsitsipas went on an eight-minute bathroom break. Murray dropped his serve in the opening game of the fifth set and he was furious at Tsitsipas both on the court and later in his 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."