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ATP calls time on calls of nature

LONDON, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Strict new pointers on bathroom breaks throughout matches have been despatched to gamers by the ATP after rising calls to make prolonged visits to the lavatory a factor of the previous.

The ATP pointers, seen by Reuters, will restrict lavatory breaks to 1 per match, lasting not than three minutes from the time the participant enters the ability.

Players on the ATP and girls’s WTA excursions have frequently been accused of utilizing lavatory breaks as tactical weapons at essential junctures in matches.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas was accused of dishonest at this 12 months’s U.S. Open by Andy Murray after the Greek disappeared off courtroom at numerous occasions throughout their marathon first-round match.

The third seed had a prolonged bathroom break on the finish of the second set, a medical time-out after the third and a close to eight-minute break on the conclusion of the fourth set.

In his subsequent match, Tsitsipas went to the locker room for greater than seven minutes after shedding the third set, and was jeered by the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd on his return.

Tsitsipas argued that he was not breaking any guidelines, which is why the ATP has determined to behave, though some could really feel the brand new pointers nonetheless don’t go far sufficient.

Although bathroom breaks shall be restricted to a few minutes, gamers may also be allowed two minutes to alter their clothes.

Players shall be restricted to 1 bathroom break per match and they’ll solely be permitted on the finish of a set.

Should a participant spend too lengthy within the lavatory he shall be liable to time violations.

The ATP can also be new guidelines for medical timeouts by which gamers will solely be allowed one three-minute time out per match to be taken throughout a changeover or a set break solely.

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Reporting by Martyn Herman, modifying by Ed Osmond

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