World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas has finally responded to the cheating allegations Alexander Zverev made during their Cincinnati Masters semifinal clash. After losing the first set, Tsitsipas took his bag and went to an eight-minute bathroom break.
Zverev was fuming on the court as he accused Tsitsipas of leaving the court with his phone and texting his father, who is his coach. Of course, leaving the court with your phone and texting someone is prohibited on the Tour and would be considered as an act of cheating.
"I have never in my career done that. I don't know what kind of imagination it takes to go to that point," Tsitsipas said, when directly asked if he texted his father during his bathroom break at the Cincinnati Masters. "That's not something I want to take seriously because it's absolutely ridiculous to be thinking about that.
Anyway, that's it."
Zverev was furious with Tsitsipas
"He took his bag with his phone and everything in it," Zverev said to the chair umpire. "This was the same thing in Paris and is going to be the same thing every other tournament he's playing.
"He's in the bathroom, he's not going to escort him into the toilet." In the end, Zverev managed to overcome Tsitsipas in tight three sets and he shook hands with the Greek at the net. Just over a week later, Tsitsipas found himself in another unpleasant spot.
After losing to Tsitsipas in the US Open first round, former world No. 1 Andy Murray said he lost his respect for the Greek. Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 3, beat Murray 2-6 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-3 6-4. After losing the third set, Tsitsipas called a medical timeout.
Then after the fourth set, Tsitsipas went on a long bathroom break that lasted nearly 10 minutes. Murray was absolutely furious with Tsitsipas on the court and he also had a lot of say about the Greek in his press conference.
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