World No. 35 Alexander Bublik jokingly mentioned Stefanos Tsitsipas after he was told about the new bathroom break rule. Tsitsipas drew lots of criticism for his long bathroom breaks during the US summer. After the season, the ATP introduced a rule that allows plays to leave the court for three minutes.
Before the match against Aleksandar Vukic, Bublik was told the new rule. When told the rule, Bublik responded: "Thanks to Tsitsipas, huh?"
Chair umpire " Just a reminder we have a new "toilet break" rule "
Bublik: "Thanks to Tsitsipas, huh? Stefanos, thank you!" 😂
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Bublik thanked Tsitsipas
Bublik then turned to the camera and said: "Stefanos, thank you!" Tsitsipas took a seven-minute bathroom break after losing the first set of his Cincinnati Masters semifinal against Alexander Zverev.
Zverev won the match in three sets but afterward made it clear he wasn't happy with Tsitsipas' long bathroom break. Tsitsipas then took an eight-minute long bathroom break after the fourth set of his US Open first round match against Andy Murray.
Murray got broken at the start of the fifth set and he said he "lost respect" for Tsitsipas after losing the match. "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," Tsitsipas recently told Bild. "It always has to do with with the outside conditions. At the tournament in Indian Wells, I didn't do it once because the conditions were very dry."
Meanwhile, Bublik lost his Adelaide opener to Vukic. Vukic, who received a wildcard for Adelaide, surprised Bublik 7-6 (5) 6-2. “Yeah, it was a tricky match, he’s a very tricky opponent,” Vukic said, per The First Serve.
“He can throw a 120-kilometre-per-hour serve or 240, or underarm serve for that matter. “I luckily got that first set, which was very tight and could have gone either way. “But, yeah very happy to get the first win."