Stefanos Tsitsipas ended up at the center of the controversy during the US Open 2021. The Greek tennis player, as well as the controversial claims about vaccines, was targeted by several colleagues because of his 'prolonged' toilet breaks.
After Alexander Zverev was already angry in Cincinnati, it was Andy Murray's turn in the first round of the New York Grand Slam. In the opinion of the three-time Grand Slam champion, 'Tsitsi' would take advantage of the regulatory vacuum on the subject to allow himself long breaks off the pitch and take the pace off his opponent.
As much as Stefanos has tried to defend himself, the issue has exploded in the media and does not seem destined to end with a stalemate. Patrick Mouratoglou, who often follows the Greek player alongside Apostolos, wanted to express his point of view on this issue a few days after the elimination of Tsitsipas at the hands of Carlos Alcaraz.
Serena Williams' coach cited the 2021 Roland Garros final between Stefanos and World No.1 Novak Djokovic as an example.
Djokovic was made to work hard at the 2021 US Open
When we talk about breaks, a name that comes to mind is that of Serbian Novak Djokovic.
The World No.1 has also been under scrutiny for his breaks during matches, following which he returns with rejuvenated energy. Even in the Roland Garros final against Tsitsipas, Djokovic went off the court when he was almost down and out.
After returning, he was able to turn the match on its head and claim the title. In a recent interview with Tennis Majors, coach Patrick Mouratoglou spoke about the whole situation regarding Stefanos Tsitsipas. In an excerpt, he denoted the Djokovic influence on his Greek student.
“When he lost this final to Djokovic in Roland Garros, he was up two sets to love. Djokovic took a toilet break, came back, and then it was a different match. He learned from that. He didn’t learn that Djokovic broke his rhythm, he found out that Djokovic took time for himself in the locker room and was able to reset, and came back different.
So yes, he learned that, he tried it and it happened to work for him,” claimed the experienced coach. Novak Djokovic has also joined Roger Federer (98), Jimmy Connors (89) and Andre Agassi (79) as the only players to have recorded at least 79 wins at the US Open.
The Serb now stands at a 79-10 win-loss record at Flushing Meadows, and will be looking to overtake Agassi in the list when he faces Matteo Berrettini in the last eight on Tuesday.