“People Don’t Know”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Reflects on Booed at US Open 2021

Stefanos Tsitsipas
Stefanos Tsitsipas

Over the week, debates have been going on about Greek stalwart Stefanos Tsitsipas’ bathroom break. Meanwhile, World No.3 was booed by the crowd at the US Open 2021

In the third round, the No.3 seed from Athens unexpectedly fell to Spanish NextGen Carlos Alcaraz in the five-setters (3-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-0, 7-5). During the match, the New York crowd booed him again for stepping into the locker room at a crucial point in the match.

However, when Stefanos Tsitsipas was asked about fans booing him in the post-match press conference, he replied, “Look, I’m not pretending that everyone loves me. I don’t want to be — my intentions are not to be loved by everyone. Every person can choose their favourite player, pick it aside. I felt that way, but I kind of have ignored it.”

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“Because people don’t know, that’s the thing. When people are not really in the sport and don’t know what is happening, I mean, all these accusations have been completely false.” 

“The one in my match in Cincinnati, which was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Yeah, that was — I don’t know what to say. I mean, that really shows the level of the person that said it.”

“Then the crowd here, I guess these two things were the most intense that took place here. I was surprised, I mean, in a way. I mean, I don’t really let myself take me down because I’m out there playing my game. I mean, fan support is important, but I just need to go out there and perform. It doesn’t matter at that point.”

“I Don’t Know Why Everyone Is Suddenly Against Me”, says Tsitsipas

“I know all of these things have been against me for no reason. I took my toilet break like a normal athlete. 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 protocol, that rule, and stay within the guidelines and try and follow it as much as possible.”

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“But I feel like, you know, people, they 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 quickly.”

“For me, the only thing I did was a change from wet clothes to dry clothes. Apparently, it’s a huge issue. Especially — actually not especially.”

“When no one discusses other things such as players taking more time than they’re allowed to take, that has been an issue for me in the past playing against these players, getting cold, not feeling my game, having to wait for more than 30, 35 seconds in between serves that I had — in one of my matches here I had to wait a very long time between first and second serve.”

“I didn’t complain. There is not a rule for that that says how much time you have to take between two serves. But I respected it.”

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“Then you have, yeah, these players that everyone knows they’re taking so much time but no one says anything. I don’t know why everyone is suddenly against me, especially when other players don’t follow rules and don’t stick within 25 seconds between play.”

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Published : 12:37 PM, Sat, 4 September 2021

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