ParalympicsGB wheelchair tennis player Gordon Reid has weighed in on the US Open controversy after Andy Murray criticised Stefanos Tsitsipas for taking long toilet breaks.
ParalympicsGB wheelchair tennis player Gordon Reid has said players in his men’s division have too much respect for each other to behave like Stefanos Tsitsipas did against Andy Murray in the US Open.
On Monday, world number three Tsitsipas won a thrilling first-round clash against Murray, but only after disappearing for almost eight minutes ahead of the fifth set.
Afterwards an incensed Murray, 34, said he had lost respect for his Greek opponent and later tweeted: “It takes Stefanos Tsitsipas twice as long to go to the bathroom as it takes Jeff Bezos to fly into space.”
But Reid, who remains on track to defend his Paralympic singles title in Tokyo after beating Gustavo Fernandez to set up a semi-final clash with world number one Shingo Kunieda, said there was little chance of such gamesmanship taking place in the impaired version of the sport.
“I don’t think so. Definitely not in the men’s division anyway, for sure,” said the 29-year-old. “I think everybody has a lot of respect for each other and we play each other at almost every event.
“I don’t know if you’d be able to do that sort of thing and show your face the next time. Thankfully it’s not an issue for us.”
There were fears that Reid would be prevented from playing at all in Japan, after a member of the GB tennis squad tested positive for Covid-19 a day before the opening ceremony.
The two-time Grand Slam champion was eventually cleared to play but could only leave his room for matches and practice, and he was forbidden from socialising with team-mates.
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Those protocols ended ahead of Reid defeating Argentinian Fernandez 7-5 3-6 6-1, and he has also reached a second consecutive doubles final with team-mate Alfie Hewett.
“This morning was the first time that I could get out and go to the food hall myself and not have it delivered to the room because it’s 10 days since the test,” said Reid.
“I was pretty emotional because at that stage, him testing positive and us being around – not close contacts but still being in similar places for the last few days – was a scare.
“But it’s not been an issue so far so I’ve got no complaints.”
Rio silver medallist Hewett is also into the final four after beating Frenchman Nicolas Peifer 6-3 6-4, and will face either Dutchman Tom Egberink or Spain’s Daniel Caverzaschi, ahead of a potential final rematch with Reid.