Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas was booed by the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium after he took a long trip off the court at the US Open after dropping a set during his second-round victory over Adrian Mannarino. The 23-year-old took more than eight minutes between the third and fourth sets.
However, he dominated the game after the trip. “I think taking a break and going to change — I was completely wet — I was refreshed,” Tsitsipas said when asked about the key to sweeping the final set in 30 minutes. “I was much more able to deliver good tennis in the fourth set. I was able to stay resilient on each and every point.”
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Tsitsipas said he was only following Association of Tennis Professionals rules that have no time limit on toilet breaks. “I just felt very loose on my serve,” the tennis player said. “My ball toss was very consistent. That helped me find a spot and have points off my serve.”
Earlier, after his first-round loss to Tsitsipas on Monday, August 30, Andy Murray said his opponent had unfairly gained an advantage by taking a lengthy bathroom break and an opportune medical timeout. “It’s just disappointing because I feel it influenced the outcome of the match,” Murray said. “I’m not saying I necessarily win that match for sure, but it had influence on what was happening after those breaks.”
Murray also said, “The issue is that you cannot stop the way that that affects you physically. When you’re playing a brutal match like that, you know, stopping for seven, eight minutes, you do cool down. You can prepare for it mentally as much as you like, but it’s the fact that it does affect you physically when you take a break that long, well, multiple times during the match.”
He added, “I think when he took the medical timeout, it was just after I had won the third set. Also in the fourth set when I had Love-30, he chose to go — I don’t know if he changed his racket or what he was doing. But, yeah, it can’t be coincidence that it’s happening at those moments. I don’t believe [his foot] 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.”
After Murray’s comments, the Greek player said, “I don’t think I broke any rules. I played by the guidelines, how everything is. Yeah, definitely something for both of us to kind of chat about and make sure. I don’t know how my opponent feels when I’m out there playing the match. It’s not really my priority.”
Tsitsipas also took an eight-minute break following the first set in his semifinal against Alexander Zverev at the Cincinnati Open. Zverev told the chair umpire he believed Tsitsipas was cheating and receiving improper coaching via his cell phone. “He took his bag with his phone and everything in it,” Zverev said on the court. “This was the same thing in Paris and is going to be the same thing every other tournament he’s playing.”
What is Stefanos Tsitsipas’ net worth?
Different websites attribute different figures to the net worth of the Greek tennis player. As per Essentially Sports, Tsitsipas’ career prize money tallies up to $14,136,302. The report also says that he has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
But according to the Media Referee, the amount is vastly different. The report says he has a net worth of approximately $12 million. The website, however, lists his cash prize earnings as the same, adding that in 2021, he has already earned $1,558,367 in prizes.
In terms of brand endorsements, global sports equipment company Wilson reportedly sponsors Stefanos Tsitsipas’ racquets. He has reportedly been wearing Adidas apparel and footwear since 2015. As per Essentially Sports, at the end of 2018, he signed a deal with luxury watch brand Rolex. He is also associated with the deodorant brand, Rexona.
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