Patrick Apeyagent of Stefanos Tsitsipas, spoke about the weight criticism had on his player’s performance and mood in an exclusive interview with Clay-Tennis Tales. Apey said, «I’m happy to work with him. He’s a super cool guy.
He has the desire to win and is ready to work as hard as possible. He is 23 years old and has already been number three in the world. If he manages to correct some technical things with his team, he will have every chance of achieving the goals he has set for himself.
He is very interested in photography, he makes videos. He is very creative. He prefers to produce videos than play on the PlayStation. He is different from the other boys in this aspect. What happened with the bathroom break was stupid.
Unfortunately, it was Zverev who said that his father was sending him messages. Those accusations were serious. He was heavily attacked by Zverev, then also by Andy Murray at the US Open. I don’t think he was correct. Stefanos knows that he has not cheated.
He sweats a lot and needs to change his clothes from head to toe, including socks and underwear. When I looked at the shot of his father using the phone while Stef was in the bathroom, I immediately thought: shit! The father was talking to his mother and Stefanos did not have a phone with him in the bathroom.
What people don’t know is that Stefanos personally wrote a letter to the ATP asking for clarification on the bathroom break rule. He felt responsible. Now the rule is clear.»
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Stefanos Tsitsipas, especially in the final stretch of 2021, was accused by many of his teammates of making improper use of the break to go to the bathroom and of taking advantage of the break to chat with his father in the locker room through a telephone.
Alexander Zverev, in particular, has not used words after last year’s Cincinnati Masters 1000 semi-final. The German said: «He already happened in Paris and it happens in all the tournaments he plays. Some players use these things to get an advantage.
The rules are very flexible, I know. That’s why I’m quite frustrated.» The controversy unleashed in 2021 led the ATP to draft clearer regulations. Currently, players have three minutes available when they enter the bathroom and can take advantage of another 120 seconds in case they need to change their clothes.