Stefanos Tsitsipas is one of the best young talents in tennis right now; he is the second-youngest player in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) top ten rankings. He is currently ranked as the third-best player in the world, making him the highest-ranked Greek tennis professional in history according to Wikipedia.
After his first-round victory against Andy Murray at the 2021 US Open, cheating allegations were directed at Tsitsipas from his counterpart. The former World No.1 accused Tsitsipas of taking extended bathroom breaks and receiving coaching during those breaks. These accusations, although are based on something Tsitsipas did during the game, there is no hard evidence to back them up.
Tsitsipas received backlash for his actions, but his coach has denied these allegations as unfounded and baseless.
Background Of the Allegations
During his first-round game against Andy Murray, Tsitsipas took two extensive bathroom breaks, one during the 4th set, and wasted a good 15-20 minutes during each interval. This led to Andy Murray going on a rage spree after the game; he even called out the official in charge of the game.
The former Wimbledon winner then accused Tsitsipas of talking to his coach during the break and cheating his way to the win. www.betting24.fi already had Tsitsipas as the favorite for that matchup.
Murray said that he considers Tsitsipas a great player but had lost all respect for him after what he did during the game.
Prior to this, Tsitsipas was accused of the same violations during a semi-final match against Alexander Zverev at the Cincinnati Masters. Zverev accused Tsitsipas of cheating by talking to his coach after losing a set. He claimed that Tsisipas took his whole bag along with his phone for his break, during which he texted his father, who is also his coach, to take advice on the game.
These two occurrences have left people wondering if there is something actually going on. Tsitsipas has received criticism from various pundits who have termed these actions questionable. Thousands of fans have also voiced their concerns regarding the situation.
The Reaction of Tsitsipas And His Camp
Tsitsipas and his camp have outright denied these allegations; they have provided their justifications against all these actions. Tsitsipas, while reacting to the accusations made by Zverov, said that he had no idea why his opponent would think something like that, calling the claims ridiculous.
While reacting to the allegations made by Andy Murray, Tsitsipas said he did not break any rules or do anything against the set guidelines. He further added if there was anything Murray wanted to talk about, he should do it in person.
“If there is something that he has to tell me, we should speak, the two of us, to kind of understand what went wrong.” The world no. 3 said after the first-round matchup against Andy Murray.
Moreover, Tsitsipas’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou also had his say on the situation. He added that although Stefanos took a lot of time, he didn’t do it to cheat or break the rhythm of the game because it would’ve been foolish for a player who had just won the previous set, which does make a lot of sense.
Is There Any Truth to These Allegations?
The allegations against Tsitsipas are not based on any hard evidence and don’t make much sense. The player is a generational talent and accusing him of such violations can leave a huge mark on his career. There can be a hundred reasons for long breaks; it doesn’t necessarily mean he is cheating or breaking any rules. However, something like this cannot become common; if Tsitsipas keeps taking such long breaks without any plausible cause, the situation should be looked into. Nevertheless, if this doesn’t happen again then it’s clear these allegations do not have any solid backing.