After exit, Stefanos Tsitsipas says 'no reason' for furor over his toilet breaks at US Open

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Did Tsitsipas take a bathroom break today?

While the rain and wind whipped around the outside of Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday night, Tsitsipas faced off against Italy's Adrian Mannarino in the second round. After losing the third set in a tiebreak (7-4), Tsitsipas did his thing — he took a bathroom break. Sporting NewsStefanos Tsitsipas and bathroom breaks: Explaining 2021 US Open's biggest controversy

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The Latest: Fernandez turns into Open star in win over Osaka

Yahoo News 03 September, 2021 - 10:36am

Leylah Fernandez stood on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court moments after she upset defending U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka and said she never doubted she could win.

Fernandez is an 18 year old from Canada who is ranked 73rd and never had been this far in Grand Slam competition.

Fernandez says, “from a very young age, I knew I was able to beat anyone, anyone who is in front of me.”

That included Osaka. Fernandez pulled off the 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory.

Osaka said after the loss she was thinking about taking another break from tennis “for a while.”

Fernandez says Osaka, is a “great example for anybody that’s on tour and all the little girls in the world.”

By the end of the match, the crowd was booing Osaka for turning her back to the court and taking too much time between points. The fans went wild for Fernandez and only got louder with each point won deeper into the match. Fernandez smiled and flashed two thumbs up in celebration.

She says he was glad she “put on a show for everyone that came to watch.”

Hours after the win, Fernandez bounded into came into the media center, laughing and relaxed with her hands in her pockets.

But she could use some rest.

Fernandez joked, “I’m way past my bedtime at the moment.”

Defending champion Naomi Osaka repeatedly smashed her racket to the court, smacked a ball into the crowd, hid under a towel and imploded over the final two sets in a third-round loss at the U.S Open.

Eighteen-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez had the fans on her side as she pressured the third-seeded Osaka and pulled off the 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Osaka threw her racket at least three times and was finally hit with a code violation in the third set when she hit the ball into the stands. She even draped a towel over her head as she took a break following her second-set loss.

Osaka played her first Grand Slam since she pulled out of the French Open in late May for a mental health break.

Fernandez used her left-handed serve to defeated two-time US Open quarterfinalist Kaia Kanepi in straight sets before knocking off Osaka. She waved her arms and pumped her fist toward fans that cheered louder for her on every late point.

Osaka glumly walked to the locker room while Fernandez smiled and flashed two thumbs up in celebration.

Defending champion Naomi Osaka has lost a set at the U.S. Open for the first time this year.

Osaka slammed her racket to the court multiple times in frustration during her second-set loss to 18-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez. Osaka took the first set 7-5. Fernandez won the next 7-6 (2).

Osaka draped a towel over her head as she took a break after the second set loss.

They'll head to a third set to decide who advances to the fourth round.

Osaka is in her first Grand Slam since she pulled out of the French Open in late May for a mental health break.

There are two male qualifiers in the U.S. Open's fourth round for the first time in 21 years — and they could be joined by a third.

Peter Gojowczyk, a German ranked 141st, and Botic van de Zandschulp, a Dutchman ranked 117th, both picked up their third main-draw victory this week at Flushing Meadows on Friday to go along with a trio of wins in qualifying rounds last week.

Gojowczyk beat Henri Laaksonen, yet another qualifier, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4. Gojowczyk's next opponent is 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, who eliminated No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday.

For van de Zandschulp, his 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 win against Facundo Bagnis set up a matchup against No. 11 seed Diego Schwartzman for a berth in the quarterfinals.

Oscar Otte can make it three qualifiers into Week 2 by beating Andreas Seppi on Saturday.

The last time there were two qualifiers into the fourth round in New York was 2000, when Wayne Arthurs and Lee Hyung-taik did it.

Stefanos Tsitsipas can take all the time he wants in the bathroom now that he's out of the U.S. Open.

Tsitsipas was booed by fans and criticized throughout the U.S. Open for his lengthy breaks in the bathroom. Tsitsipas pointed out that he’s doing nothing that violates any regulation.

He took a 4 1/2-minute break after he dropped the third set to Carlos Alcaraz. Alcaraz won 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 0-6, 7-6 (5) in just over four hours.

Tsitsipas said after the loss, "I took my toilet break as a normal athlete. He said he only changed clothes during his break and lashed out at accusations he was doing more than that, like reading texts or receiving coaching advice in the bathroom.

Tsitsipas said he feels refreshed after he heads off the court to change his clothing.

He said, “ all of these things have been against me for no reason.”

With the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd chanting his name, 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz upset third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 0-6, 7-6 (5) at the U.S. Open.

Alcaraz, the teenager from Spain, used powerful groundstrokes in an entertaining match to knock off Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas can take all the long bathroom breaks he wants from home. The controversial Greek tennis player faced an unfriendly crowd again in large part because of his lengthy breaks in the bathroom.

Alcaraz easily pulled off the biggest win of his career and is in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the first time in his career. He was down 5-2 in the third set but kept pushing in a match that stretched past four hours.

Alcaraz thanked the crowd, absent last year because of the pandemic, for “pushing me up in the fifth set.” He became the breakout start of the U.S. Open and had fans chanting “Carlos! Carlos!” with each big winner.

Angelique Kerber won a matchup of previous U.S Open champions when she beat Sloane Stephens 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 at the U.S. Open.

The reward for the 16th-seeded Kerber? A potential date with No. 3 seed and defending champion Naomi Osaka.

Kerber, the 2016 champion, was ruthless in the third set to knock out 2017 champion Stephens.

Kerber beat Stephens for only the second time in seven career matchups. The 33-year-old Kerber won for the second straight day and laughed when she said she could use the day off on Saturday.

No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev continued an easy first week at the U.S. Open by routing Pablo Andujar 6-0, 6-4, 6-3.

The 2019 runner-up at Flushing Meadows has lost only 22 games in his three matches thus far.

Medvedev improved to 16-4 at the U.S. Open, his best mark at a major.

French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova is into the fourth round of her U.S. Open debut.

The eighth-seeded Czech beat Kamilla Rakhimova 6-4, 6-2 to set up a fourth-round meeting with two-time Grand Slam champion Garbiñe Muguruza.

Krejcikova improved to 41-11 this season. Only top-ranked Ash Barty (42-7) has more wins in main draw matches on the women's tour.

Garbiñe Muguruza has matched her best run at the U.S. Open by reaching the fourth round.

The two-time Grand Slam champion beat Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Muguruza has won Wimbledon and the French Open, but the No. 9 seed from Spain had reached the fourth round at Flushing Meadows just once, in 2017.

Azarenka was runner-up in New York last year for the third time. The No. 18 seed from Belarus was eliminated when she double-faulted on match point.

Simona Halep fought through a marathon first-set tiebreaker and eventually beat Elena Rybakina 7-6 (11), 4-6, 6-3 to reach the U.S. Open fourth round for the first time in five years.

The No. 12-seeded Halep needed seven set points to finally win the tiebreaker — after she was broken at love when serving for the set at 6-5.

She eventually won it when Rybakina double-faulted, then worked her way to the round of 16 for the first time since reaching the quarterfinals in 2016.

Halep, a two-time Grand Slam champion, had lost in the first round of the U.S. Open in both 2017 and 2018.

Rybakina, the No. 19 seed, was a quarterfinalist at the French Open, where she beat Serena Williams.

Naomi Osaka is expected to be back on the court for the first time since the first night of the U.S. Open when she faces Leylah Fernandez in a third-round evening match.

The defending champion received a walkover into the third round when opponent Olga Danilovic withdrew Wednesday with a viral illness unrelated to COVID-19.

Action started Friday morning under a second straight day of sunny skies and comfortable temperatures following the heavy rain and wind that pounded the area Wednesday night.

Three-time U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka was set to open play on Arthur Ashe Stadium against two-time Grand Slam champion Garbiñe Muguruza.

Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber were to meet in another marquee women's match, while Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev were all on the men's schedule.

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After making five unforced errors in the second-set tiebreaker, Naomi Osaka screamed, threw her racket and left the court, a towel covering her head.

Naomi Osaka looked over at her agent and said she wanted to tell the world what the two of them had discussed privately in an Arthur Ashe Stadium hallway after her U.S. Open title defense ended with a racket-tossing, composure-missing, lead-evaporating defeat in the third round. Moments later, Osaka chucked her equipment, sending it bouncing and skidding halfway to the net.

The Billie Jean King Tennis Centre in Flushing Meadows, New York, is as unlike Wimbledon as it comes. Sheltered British visitors are often shocked by the loud music, the smell of popcorn and the over-arching sense of chaos. So the excited screaming directed at Emma Raducanu on Thursday night felt entirely on-brand.

Osaka served for the match in the second set but ultimately went down 5-7 7-6 (2) 6-4.

Stefanos Tsitsipas can take as long as he likes in the bathroom now with no complaints after his shock US Open loss to a foe in the flush of youth.

The third seed had come under fire for the timing and length of his toilet breaks.

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Khris Davis' return for the A's went better than expected.

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A tearful Naomi Osaka said she does not know when she will play again, raising more concern about her mental health struggles on Friday after an emotional display during a third round defeat at the US Open.

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Emma Raducanu quickly seems to have figured out this Grand Slam thing. The 18-year-old who was born in Canada and represents Britain is into the third round at the U.S. Open after getting to Week 2 of Wimbledon in her major debut at age 18. Ranked 338th when she got to the All England Club, Raducanu has parlayed her attention-grabbing run there and her five consecutive victories over the past 1 1/2 weeks at Flushing Meadows — including qualifying — into a surge toward the top 100.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas' long bathroom breaks at US Open prompt ATP, USTA to review game delay rules

Fox News 03 September, 2021 - 10:34am

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The UTSA said in a statement that it would be reviewing the current policy on game delays in response to Tsitsipas’ first- and second-round matches at the U.S. Open, where he was criticized for the length and timing of his bathroom breaks and medical timeouts.

ATP released a separate statement saying that a review of the rules has been a "focus" recently. 

"Review of rules around toilet breaks, in addition to medical time outs, has been an area of focus in recent months," ATP said. "This remains work in progress...the assessment process involves extensive consultation with our members and other constituents." 

Call for changes began during Monday night’s match between Tsitsipas and Andy Murray. 

Murray expressed his frustrations after several ill-timed game delays, telling a supervisor on the court, "What’s he doing in there? It’s never taken me that long to go to the toilet, ever." 

After losing the match, Murray said it wasn’t the issue of taking the breaks as much as the length of the delays. He also said there was no "coincidence" when Tsitsipas decided to call for a delay. 

"It’s not so much leaving the court. It’s the amount of time," he said. "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 continued: "It’s just disappointing because I feel it influenced the outcome of the match … I have zero time for that stuff at all, and I lost respect for him." 

Tsitsipas took another eight-minute break in his second-round match Wednesday which prompted Sloane Stephens, who is a member of the WTA players council, to call for a rules change. 

"They make a lot of rule changes for smaller things, like, they took one minute off the warmup," she said. "I think there definitely needs to be a rule or changes."

Tsitsipas has maintained that he is following the rules -- which is technically true. The Grand Slam rule book just says players should take a "reasonable" amount of time but does not describe what the appropriate amount of time should be.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas' long bathroom breaks at US Open prompt ATP, USTA to review game delay rules

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The UTSA said in a statement that it would be reviewing the current policy on game delays in response to Tsitsipas’ first- and second-round matches at the U.S. Open, where he was criticized for the length and timing of his bathroom breaks and medical timeouts.

ATP released a separate statement saying that a review of the rules has been a "focus" recently. 

"Review of rules around toilet breaks, in addition to medical time outs, has been an area of focus in recent months," ATP said. "This remains work in progress...the assessment process involves extensive consultation with our members and other constituents." 

Call for changes began during Monday night’s match between Tsitsipas and Andy Murray. 

Murray expressed his frustrations after several ill-timed game delays, telling a supervisor on the court, "What’s he doing in there? It’s never taken me that long to go to the toilet, ever." 

After losing the match, Murray said it wasn’t the issue of taking the breaks as much as the length of the delays. He also said there was no "coincidence" when Tsitsipas decided to call for a delay. 

"It’s not so much leaving the court. It’s the amount of time," he said. "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 continued: "It’s just disappointing because I feel it influenced the outcome of the match … I have zero time for that stuff at all, and I lost respect for him." 

Tsitsipas took another eight-minute break in his second-round match Wednesday which prompted Sloane Stephens, who is a member of the WTA players council, to call for a rules change. 

"They make a lot of rule changes for smaller things, like, they took one minute off the warmup," she said. "I think there definitely needs to be a rule or changes."

Tsitsipas has maintained that he is following the rules -- which is technically true. The Grand Slam rule book just says players should take a "reasonable" amount of time but does not describe what the appropriate amount of time should be.

Paulina Dedaj is a Digital Reporter for Fox News and Fox Business. Follow Paulina Dedaj on Twitter at @PaulinaDedaj. If you've got a tip, you can email Paulina at Paulina.Dedaj@fox.com

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