After the controversy over prolonged toilet breaks in tennis, ATP wants to limit this to a maximum of five minutes. This was confirmed on Monday by the association of male players from the AFP press agency.
As a result, the break for the coming season should “be limited to a maximum of three minutes from the time the player enters the bathroom”. An ATP spokesperson said that two extra minutes should “be used for a change of outfit.”
In addition, each player should only be allowed one toilet break per match, these breaks can only be inserted between sets.
This year there have been several incidents related to legal but also questionable breaks. World number one Novak Djokovic took a long break after falling behind in the round of 16 at Roland Garros against Lorenzo Musetti and in the final against Stefanos Tsitsipas – then turned the games around.
The Tsitsipas were also long gone. For example in the first round of the US Open, when the Greek defeated Britain’s Andy Murray. Murray later said he had “lost all respect” for Tsitsipas after the incident.