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Alexander Zverev piles on Stefanos Tsitsipas' bathroom breaks with cheating charge: 'It's not normal' – Yahoo Canada Sports



There was plenty of chatter at the US Open on Tuesday after Andy Murray blasted No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas for an extended bathroom break Monday night.

Alexander Zverev even doubled down on a prior accusation that Tsitsipas uses his breaks to receive illegal coaching from his dad during matches. 

How did we get here?

The drama started between the fourth and fifth sets of Murray’s opening-round match against Tsitsipas late Monday. Tsitsipas left the court during the nearly five-hour match for a bathroom break that reportedly took around eight minutes. Murray complained to the chair umpire as Tsitsipas’ break lingered. 

“It’s never once taken me that long to go to the toilet, ever,” he continued, pleading then to supervisor Gerry Armstrong.

He then yelled at Tsitsipas to “get up! when he returned to the court only to sit on his bench for a sip of water. Tsitsipas broke Murray’s serve in the ensuing game and went on to secure a 2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory to avoid an upset at the hands of the 2012 US Open champion.

Andy Murray, of Great Britain, reacts during the first round of the US Open tennis championships against Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Andy Murray was not pleased with Stefanos Tsitsipas on Monday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Murray didn’t leave his rancor on the court. He told reporters after the match that the bathroom break influenced the outcome of the match and that he “lost respect” for his opponent.

“It’s just disappointing because I feel it influenced the outcome of the match,” Murray said. “I’m not saying I necessarily win that match, for sure, but it had influence on what was happening after those breaks.

“I rate him a lot. I think he’s a brilliant player. I think he’s great for the game, but I have zero time for that stuff at all, and I lost respect for him.”

Come Tuesday morning, Murray wasn’t done. This time, he took his complaints to Twitter.

Zverev sides with Murray, revives cheating accusation

Tuesday also allowed Zverev to chime in. The gold-medal winner at the Tokyo Olympics didn’t hold back. 

“It’s not normal,” Zverev told reporters. “It’s happening every match. It happened to me in the French Open, to Novak (Djokovic) at the finals at the French Open. You know, I think in Hamburg against [Filip] Krajinovic he was complaining, against me in Cincinnati was ridiculous, and now here again. I think players are catching up on that.”

Zverev has previously accused Tsitsipas of using extended bathroom breaks to receive coaching from his father and coach Apostolos Tsitsipas. Doing so would violate regulations prohibiting coaching during a match. He revived his claim on Tuesday.

“He’s gone for 10-plus minutes,” Zverev continued. “His dad is texting on the phone. He comes out, and all of a sudden his tactic completely changed. It’s not just me, but everybody saw it. The whole game plan changes.

“Either it’s a very magical place he goes to, or there is communication there.”

No disrespect, of course.

“But I also don’t want to disrespect him,” Zverev added. “He is a great player. He is No. 3 in the world for a reason.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 30: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the first round of the men's singles at the US Open 2021 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 30: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates against Andy Murray of Great Britain in the first round of the men's singles at the US Open 2021 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)

Stefanos Tsitsipas is under fire for his bathroom habits. (TPN/Getty Images)

Tsitsipas’ response to cheating charge

Rothenberg reports that Tsitsipas denied any accusations of illegal activity.

“I have never in my career done that; I don’t know what kind of imagination it takes to go to that point,” Tsitsipas said. “That’s not something I want to take seriously because it’s absolutely ridiculous to be thinking about that.”

Zverev wasn’t the only player to have Murray’s back in the bathroom kerfuffle. Milos Raonic also supported the ousted Brit, though much more efficiently. And without the cheating accusation.

Tsitsipas has at least one ally

One player — at least — is on Tsitsipas’ side. American Reilly Opelka argued that he was justified to take the time to change and accused Tsitsipas’ media critics of not knowing what it’s like to be a real athlete.

“To change or to go after, you know, two sets we’re drinking, we’re hydrating a lot, we have to use the bathroom,” he said. “To change my socks, shoes, my inserts in my shoes, shorts, shirt, everything, the whole nine yards, hat, it takes five, six minutes. Then by the time I walk to and from the court.

“If people don’t understand that, then clearly they’ve never spent a day in the life of a professional athlete or come close to it.”

What does the USTA think of all the drama? It’s looking into it, according to a statement provided to the Times:

“We need to continue to review and explore potential adjustments to the rules, whether for bathroom breaks/change of attire or other areas, that can positively impact the pace of play for our fans and ensure the fairness and integrity of the game.”

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NBA denies Canadian Andrew Wiggins of religious exemption to skip COVID-19 vaccine –



The NBA has denied Canadian Andrew Wiggins’s request for a vaccination exemption, leaving the Golden State Warriors swingman ineligible to play home games until he meets San Francisco’s vaccination requirement.

The ruling was announced Friday, hours after the New York Knicks said their entire roster is vaccinated, making all their players eligible to play in their home games.

Because of local coronavirus regulations in New York and San Francisco, the Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Warriors are required to be vaccinated to play in their home arenas unless exemptions for medical or religious reasons apply.

Wiggins, from Vaughan, Ont., sought an exemption from the league for religious reasons.

“The NBA has reviewed and denied Andrew Wiggins’s request for religious exemption from the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s order requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all participants age 12 and older at large indoor events,” the league said in a statement.

“Wiggins will not be able to play in Warriors home games until he fulfils the city’s vaccination requirements.”

NBA says unvaccinated players can play

Unvaccinated players are allowed to play this season, though the NBA has said that they will have to be tested daily on practice and travel days, and at least once — possibly more — on game days. Fully vaccinated players will not be subject to daily testing.

However, the Knicks, Nets and Warriors face stricter rules because of their local regulations, which the NBA has told teams do not apply to visiting clubs.

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The Knicks are the first of those teams to say they have met the mandate.

Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks said earlier this week that a couple players wouldn’t yet be eligible, but he was confident everyone would be able to participate by the time the regular season begins on Oct. 19.

Local mandate not yet in effect

Wiggins still has time, as San Francisco’s mandate doesn’t take effect until the middle of next month. Training camps open Tuesday.

The NBA has struck agreements this off-season to have virtually all parties involved in games — referees, coaches, stat-crew workers and anyone else who will be in close proximity to players on or off the court in NBA arenas — vaccinated in order to participate.

The one exception: The players themselves, with the National Basketball Players Association rebuking all efforts from the NBA to mandate that they be vaccinated. About 85 per cent of players were vaccinated at the end of last season. The league-wide figure is believed to have increased since.

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2020 Ryder Cup pairings: U.S. runs it back, Rory McIlroy out for Saturday foursomes – Golf Channel



After his team dug itself a 6-2 hole on Friday at the Ryder Cup, European captain Padraig Harrington had some decisions to make when deciding on his pairings for Saturday morning’s foursomes session.

One pressing question was whether he’d sit Rory McIlroy for the first time in McIlroy’s cup career. McIlroy had played in every session since making his debut in 2010 (26 for 26), but he’d dropped both his team-play matches on Friday at Whistling Straits while failing to reach the 16th hole in either one.

Ultimately, Harrington decided that his visiting side’s best chance at a comeback was to sit McIlroy on Saturday morning.

“We have plenty of options on our team,” Harrington said. “Spoiled for choice in many ways, and yeah … I’m very comfortable again with the team I’ve put out tomorrow. Wait and see in each of those matches whether they can create their own momentum and then bring that to the team.”

McIlroy and Poulter, who lost in foursomes on Friday morning, will both be benched, while Harrington will mix things up slightly elsewhere, splitting Paul Casey and Viktor Hovland, and pairing them with Tyrrell Hatton and Bernd Wiesberger, respectively. Two of Europe’s foursomes pairings are intact: Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, and Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrick.

Match scoring for the 43rd Ryder Cup

Meanwhile, on the American side, captain Steve Stricker is going back to the well, keeping all four of his previous foursomes teams. All but Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth won on Friday morning, though Thomas helped lead a four-ball rally alongside Patrick Cantlay on Friday afternoon as the U.S. duo tied Hovland and Tommy Fleetwood.

Cantlay reunites with Xander Schauffele, who is 2-0. Dustin Johnson, also 2-0, reunites with Collin Morikawa.

“We had one other group that we were thinking about putting out, but it went so well this morning that I figured why mess things up and change things up at all,” Stricker said. “We changed the order a little bit is all, but we kept the same pairings.”

The U.S. leads by four points, its largest advantage after Day 1 since 1975. History is on the Americans’ side, too, as just once in five previous instances since 1979 (the year that the Great Britain and Ireland side was expanded to include continental Europe) has a team coughed up a lead of more than three points after the opening day.

Here are the matchups and starting times for Saturday morning’s foursomes session:

8:05 a.m. ET: Koepka/Berger vs. Rahm/Garcia
8:21 a.m.: Johnson/Morikawa vs. Casey/Hatton
8:37 a.m.: Thomas/Spieth vs. Hovland/Wiesberger
8:53 a.m.: Schauffele/Cantlay vs. Westwood/Fitzpatrick

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Lululemon named official Canadian outfitter for next four Olympics | Offside – Daily Hive



Lululemon will be officially heading to the Olympics.

The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees announced Thursday a partnership with the Canadian clothing brand Lululemon, making it the country’s official outfitter of Team Canada for the next four Olympics.

“As a Canadian and lifelong fan of the Games, I could not be prouder for Lululemon to partner with the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee,” said Calvin McDonald, the CEO of Lululemon in a release. “Supporting these incredible athletes as they prepare to compete on the world’s largest sporting stage is a privilege. Through this partnership, all of us at Lululemon are honoured to play our part to inspire, unite and transform the world through sport and share in this excitement alongside all of Canada.”

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A small selection of Lululemon Olympic apparel is available online and in-store already, with more to be revealed next month.

The partnership will start at the Beijing 2022 Games, continuing through 2024 in Paris, 2026 in Milan, and 2028 in Los Angeles.

This replaces the Hudson’s Bay partnership that first began in Torino 2006 and expired after Tokyo 2020.

While it’s Lululemon’s first official Olympic partnership, they actually launched a collection that appeared to be heavily inspired by Vancouver 2010.

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