After a couple of weeks of thought, Stefanos Tsitsipas has backtracked on his claim that Roger Federer receives special treatment – although he does believe other top stars are regularly given favourable decisions from chair umpires.
The Greek raised eyebrows when first making the accusation on court in a doubles match – against legendary duo Bob and Mike Bryan – which arose from what he perceived to be a late challenge from the brothers, and he referenced Federer as one of the beneficiaries of such favourable treatment.
It didnt appear to just be in the heat of the moment, though. Tsitsipas followed up his claim during a Twitter Q & A ahead of Federers Miami Open final against big-serving American John Isner.
I think players that have been doing really well over the years, players that are generally much respected in the tennis world, have privileges when it comes to certain rules and umpire decisions, he tweeted.
I felt this [a] couple of times when playing these guys and I think its a bit unfair.
However, he has now removed Federers name from that criticism, although he does still maintain that umpires favour certain big players.
After thinking about it too much in my vacation, the thing that I said… I didnt really mean it in that vain way, he said at the Monte Carlo Masters. I meant it in a completely different way.
I guess I actually said it during a match, I dont know if the microphone caught that, in a doubles match. It was completely wrong from my side I have to admit, it wasnt even close to what I wanted to say, I dont know why I said it this way. It came out wrong.
Here's a video of the moment.
Tsitsipas complaining that the Bryans get privileges just like Federer… Interesting.
— Joe (@ProdigyRepV3) March 30, 2019
I did have situations in the past against players that like to take a lot of time between points and I dont want to mention any names but it was very disturbing and it felt wrong because the referees and umpires wouldnt say anything.
If I would do the same thing, I would get a time violation or a warning and thats what I meant by that. I didnt specify, just because I said Rogers name – whatever he does he doesnt really take too much time, hes always had the momentum of the game. I was wrong in thRead More – Source