Third time bad luck! Stefanos Tsitsipas STILL takes a long toilet break during the US Open… but to no avail as world number 3 is sent off by Carlos Alcaraz, 18, complains of being made a villain for no reason after enraging Andy Murray
- Stefanos Tsitsipas bagged from the US Open by Carlos Alcaraz
- The Greek, 23, is under fire for his long toilet breaks in New York City
- Tsitsipas took another break during this five-set thriller, but to no avail
- He was defeated by the Spanish teenager on Friday 6-3 4-6 7-6 (2) 0-6 7-6 (5)
- The World No 3 regretted being made a villain after his feud with Andy Murray
Stefanos Tsitsipas feels misunderstood after the 2021 US Open villain was knocked out in the third round by rising star Carlos Alcaraz.
The third seed came under fire for the timing and length of his toilet breaks, with Andy Murray heavily criticizing him after their first round match.
The Flushing Meadows crowd then turned on the Greek and chased him out in his five-set loss to the Spanish teenager, who triumphed 6-3 4-6 7-6 (2) 0-6 7-6 (5) .
The crowd was once again unhappy as Tsitsipas left the field after losing the third set before returning to bagel Alcaraz in the fourth – another example of the game he was accused of.
Tsitsipas labeled it “completely false” and says he was made a villain “for no reason”.
He said, ‘I don’t pretend that everyone loves me. I don’t mean to be loved by everyone. Everyone can choose their favorite player, pick a side. I had that feeling too, but I kind of ignored it.
Stefanos Tsitsipas regrets turning into a villain after being dumped from US Open
The world number 3 suffered a 6-3 4-6 7-6 (2) 0-6 7-6 (5) loss to Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz
‘Because people don’t know, that’s what matters. If people aren’t really into the sport and don’t know what’s happening, I mean, all these accusations have been completely false.
“Then the crowd here, I think these two things were the most intense that happened here. I was surprised in a way. I don’t really let myself be brought down because I’m playing my game. I mean, fan support is important, but I just have to get out there and perform. It doesn’t matter at that point.
“I know all these things are against me for no reason. I took my toilet break like a normal athlete. Might have lasted a little longer than other athletes.
“But if there’s a rule that says there’s a certain amount of time you can take, then I’d probably try to follow that protocol, that rule, and stay within the guidelines and follow it as much as possible.
The 23-year-old has been criticized for taking long toilet breaks in his first two rounds
And he was back to his old tricks when he took another bathroom break, but to no avail
The US Open crowd drove Tsitsipas around during his five-set thriller about Arthur Ashe
“But I feel like people don’t understand. They’re here for the show. They want to watch tennis. They are very impatient, especially the new generation. They just want it done quickly.
“For me, all I did was switch from wet clothes to dry clothes. Apparently it’s a huge problem.’
While Tsitsipas defended himself, Alcaraz basked in a ‘dream come true’.
The Spaniard has already been hailed as the successor to Rafael Nadal and he seized his chance on the big podium in a sublime way.
He said, “I have no words to explain how I feel right now. I just don’t know what happened in court. I can’t believe I beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in an epic match.
Tsitsipas insisted criticism is unjustified after infuriating Andy Murray earlier this week
Meanwhile, Alcaraz, 18, said it was a ‘dream come true’ to beat the world No. 3 in New York
“For me it’s a dream come true.”
Second-placed Daniil Medvedev made serene progress in the fourth round, where he will meet Briton Dan Evans.
The Russian passed Pablo Andujar-Alba 6-0 6-4 6-3 and never seemed in danger.
Diego Schwartzman, seeded 11, also had a comfortable night, passing Alex Molcan 6-4 6-3 6-3.