World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas revealed the questions regarding his bathbroom breaks have been pissing off his girlfriend since Day 1. Tsitsipas drew lots of negative attention following his lengthy bathroom breaks at the Cincinnati Masters and US Open.
"Ask my girlfriend regarding bathroom breaks… it’s been pissing her off since day one," Tsitsipas said in a Twitter response.
Tsitsipas drew lots of criticism but he defended himself by saying his intention was never to disturb his opponents. "No! My intention is not to disturb anyone's rhythm, it's not a tactical tool.
Ask my girlfriend regarding bathroom breaks… it’s been pissing her off since day one.
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 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.
I didn't sweat as much as in Cincinnati and at the US Open before. The conditions were different and I reacted accordingly."
Tsitsipas was called out by Andy Murray
Tsitsipas took an eight-minute bathroom break after the fourth set of his US Open first round clash against Murray.
Murray lost his serve at the start of the fifth set and went on to lose the match. Murray unloaded on Tsitsipas after the match and even said he lost respect for the Greek. "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."