‘All the accusations have been completely false,’ asserts Stefanos Tsitsipas
A defiant Stefanos Tsitsipas said all the accusations of gamesmanship against him have been ‘completely false’ following his shock defeat to Carlos Alcaraz.
The Greek star was booed yet again by the US Open crowd after taking a lengthy toilet break following the loss of the third set against the 18-year-old Spaniard.
The third seed returned to the court and won the fourth set 6-0, only to lose the final-set tie-breaker. After his defeat, Tsitsipas said he has been misunderstood and that fans are ‘impatient’.
“I’m not pretending that everyone loves me. My intentions are not to be loved by everyone,” Tsitsipas said.
“Every person can choose their favourite player, pick a side. Because people don’t know, that’s the thing. All these accusations have been completely false.
“I know all of these things have been against me for no reason,” the 23-year-old added.
“I took my toilet break as a normal athlete. [I] might have taken a bit longer than other athletes. But if there is a rule that says there’s a specific amount of time that you are allowed to take, then I would probably try and follow that.”
“But I feel like people don’t understand. They are here for the show, they want to watch tennis. They’re very impatient, especially the new generation. They just want to get it done quick.
“For me the only thing I did is change from wet clothes to dry clothes. Apparently it’s a huge issue.”
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