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ATP impose limit on toilet breaks following Tsitsipas Murray spat

The ATP have placed a time limit on toilet breaks for the upcoming season following numerous incidents including Andy Murray’s frustration regarding Tsitsipas’ long toilet break.

During their match at the US Open, World number four Tsitsipas took a lengthy toilet break where he changed his clothes. Murray then aired his anger both during and after the match.

Murray said “it’s not so much leaving the court. It’s the amount of time, it’s nonsense and he knows it. I have zero time for that stuff at all, and I lost respect for him.”

Murray was also heard saying to his box “it is cheating” and told match supervisor Gerry Armstrong “it’s never taken me that long to go to the bathroom ever.”

Tsitsipas then responded to Murray’s comments by saying “I don’t think I broke any rules. I don’t know how my opponent feels when I’m out there playing the match. It’s not really my priority.”

The changes outlined by the ATP will come into place from 2022 and state that players will be limited to one toilet break per match and such breaks can only be taken during a set break.

In terms of the length of the breaks, players are limited to a maximum of three minutes once they have entered the toilet and will receive an additional two minutes should they wish to change clothes.

A change of attire will only be allowed during a toilet break and will have to be authorised by the chair umpire. Time violations will also apply if a player is not ready within the allocated time frame.

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