After the controversy this season about too long toilet breaks by various stars, the ATP now wants to change the rules.
The maximum break for the entire toilet process should only be five minutes from the coming season and the time on the toilet itself should be limited to three minutes – from the moment the player enters it. An ATP spokesman said an ATP spokesman should then have two additional minutes to “change outfits”.
The players’ association also confirmed this intended innovation to the AFP news agency. In addition, each player should only be allowed one toilet break per game and this can only be taken between two sets.
Three minutes for the toilet, two for the outfit
This year there were several incidents related to the legal but also questionable breaks. Novak Djokovic had taken a long break after falling behind during the round of 16 of the French Open against Lorenzo Musetti and in the final against Stefanos Tsitsipas – and then turned the games.
Tsitsipas also disappeared in the toilet for a long time. For example in the first round of the US Open, when the Greek defeated Andy Murray from Britain. Murray then complained, saying he had lost “all respect” for Tsitsipas. This ultimately resulted in a controversy that sometimes took on bizarre forms.