Stefanos Tsitsipas in another heated row after Andy Murray US Open toilet break drama
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Stefanos Tsitsipas has found himself on the receiving end of more accusations following his Indian Wells third round match. The world No 3 was accused of receiving coaching by Fabio Fognini during their clash in the Californian desert. It comes after Tsitsipas was embroiled in a toilet break row with Andy Murray following their US Open match.
Tsitsipas has been the centre of damning claims made by his opponents in recent months.
After taking his bag with him for an off-court toilet break during his semi-final match against Alexander Zverev in Cincinnati, the German accused him of receiving coaching by text, as his father and coach Apostolos Tsitsipas could be seen on his phone.
Then, at the US Open, Andy Murray famously accused the third seed of “cheating” when he took an eight-minute toilet break ahead of the fifth set.
Tsitsipas led by 5-0 in the fourth but momentum switched as the 2012 champion was able to win three games in a row, but the Greek already had enough breaks of serve under his belt to be able to close out the set and force a decider.
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Murray was visibly irritated as his opponent left the court for a lengthy period of time just as he had started to gain momentum, telling ATP Supervisor Gerry Armstrong, who was sat court-side, saying: “The toilet is right there, what’s he doing? It’s never once taken me that long to go to the toilet, ever. And it’s right there.”
Tsitsipas then took an equally-long bathroom break in his following round in Flushing Meadows after losing the third set to Adrian Mannarino, and proceeded to bagel the Frenchman when he returned to court.
The world No 3 has now been accused of receiving coaching while on-court at the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells.
After coming from a set down to outlast 25th seed Fabio Fognini 2-6 6-3 6-4 in the third round, the pair had a heated exchange at the net after the Italian claimed Tsitsipas was being coached by his dad.
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“I’m playing two against one,” the world No 30 told the chair umpire, though the official said they believed the elder Tsitsipas was just offering words of “encouragement”.
Fognini then had words with his opponent during their handshake at the net, and as the 23-year-old attempted to explain, the Italian could be heard sarcastically saying: “You know better than me.”
Speaking after the match, Tsitsipas appeared to have brushed the remarks aside as he admitted he didn’t know how he managed to pull off the comeback.
“Great comeback, honestly, I don’t know what happened,” the second seed in Indian Wells said.
“I really wanted to get back in the match and it happened somehow.”
After quickly finding himself a set and a break down, Tsitsipas levelled things for 2-2 in the second set and got the crowd on side as he lifted his level, while Fognini dropped his.
He continued: “From [a set and a break down] I just took it point by point and it worked out pretty well. A good mindset and also a bit of patience helped as well. I found solutions in those tough moments and really felt like I had momentum.”
Tsitsipas next faces Alex de Minaur, who he holds an impressive 5-0 win-loss record against.
The world No 3 has dropped just two sets to the Aussie, with one coming at the 2018 Next Gen ATP Finals, where sets are first to four games rather than the traditional six.
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