World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev has advised Stefanos Tsitsipas next time not to go on an eight-minute long bathroom break. Tsitsipas drew lots of negative attention to himself after he went on an eight-minute long bathroom break after the fourth set of his US Open first round clash against Andy Murray.
Murray ended up losing the fifth set and he absolutely unloaded on Tsitsipas during his press conference, saying the Greek knew exactly what he was doing and revealing he lost respect for him. Tsitsipas also received some criticism from Zverev, who suspected that bathroom is a "magical place" for the Greek.
"It’s tough to answer because a lot of things [are] going through my head because your question is a bit tricky, in a good way. I want to say, you know, we all need to go to change sometimes clothes,” said Medvedev, when asked what advice he would give to Tsitsipas.
"Somebody does it five minutes, six minutes, eight minutes. What happened with him and Murray happened, he got booed – at least next match don’t go out for eight minutes [again]. And that’s what he did.
“So, if you remember 2019 – I did a mistake. Well, I was not continuing to do it every other match. Otherwise, the crowd would not go behind me. So, that’s the only advice I can give, you know. (Laughs) I mean, he has his own life, so he probably won’t listen to my advice."
Tsitsipas defended his long bathroom breaks
"I didn’t break anything, any rules. I think there is rule for that which really doesn’t specify the time that you have to spend in the bathroom. It is important to take it if you have to.
First of all, you carry less weight on you with all the sweat. You feel rejuvenated, you feel fresh, and you don’t have all the sweat bothering you and coming in your face, on your fingers, everywhere all over your body.
It makes you feel better," Tsitsipas said. “For me it is important to take that break. For someone else probably not. And everyone has his own time. I try and be as quick as I can. Sometimes I just need a bit more time.
That’s all. If I break a rule, sure, I’m guilty.I agree, I’m not doing something right. If I’m staying within the guidelines, then what’s the issue?”