By Richard Johnson, US Open Now
Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a marathon match to reach the US Open quarterfinals, but he was promptly booed by the crowd as he left the court to go to the men’s room for yet another lengthy stop to finish up.
Tsitsipas needed to break through with his first set victory over Dominic Thiem to set up a match on the Grandstand court — the subject of controversy on Saturday when Kei Nishikori won his match in 10 hours, one minute, and former tennis great Lleyton Hewitt had a particularly hard time shutting up. So naturally, Tsitsipas could expect to be in for a rough time on the court in his first match since winning the junior U.S. Open title a few weeks ago, though some folks refused to call Tsitsipas a nerd.
Also, don’t worry about Tsitsipas having a cold (okay, he was the youngest qualifier to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals since Michael Chang in 1987). The Greek eighth seed admitted on court that he probably would’ve been less busy if he didn’t smell like a cigar, and admitted that he caught a whiff of “turpentine” late in the match.
Meanwhile, Kyrgios’ brother and father were reportedly to blame for U.S. Open rules allowing a restroom break of any duration during matches. It all started when son Nick wanted to have a closer look at the TV monitor while taking a change-over. He also argued with officials after he’d failed to hear their decision to give him five minutes to go to the bathroom.
Nick did have the benefit of having a tennis coach, Justin Gimelstob, who ran the twins on the tennis court earlier this year. Apparently Nick just asked him for a phone and was given one to record their actions in high-definition. Nick’s brother and father will have to answer for that.