Stefanos Tsitsipas, who came under scrutiny at the US Open for the timing and length of his mid-game bathroom breaks, said on Wednesday that the dry conditions in Indian Wells would mean less travel to the bathroom. “It’s very dry here,” Tsitsipas said ahead of his tournament opener in the Southern California desert, where he is placed second.
“It’s good for me because I sweat less, which means fewer breaks in the bathroom, which makes fewer complaints. So a very good sign so far,” he said with a smile. The Greek reluctantly took on the role of villain at Flushing Meadows when Briton Andy Murray accused him of cheating on a long trip to the bathroom at a critical point in their first round match, which Tsitsipas won.
Tsitsipas insisted at the time that he was innocent of wrongdoing as there is no time limit for bathroom breaks. An ATP Tour source told Reuters last month that changes to the rules regarding restroom breaks and medical downtime in the field were underway.
The world number 3 also made headlines this summer when he said he would not receive the COVID-19 vaccine unless it was made mandatory by the ATP Tour, prompting a reprimand from Greek government officials. On Wednesday, Tsitsipas declined to say if he had been vaccinated.
“I am sorry but I am unable to provide any of my medical records,” he said.
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