Tsitsipas and the towel controversy: "I wanted to use it more"

The Greek tennis player, who defeated Albert Ramos, criticized the fact that he fetched his own towel during matches. "I can't because I interrupt my opponent's game."

The Greek Tsitsipas, who this Monday eliminated the Spanish Albert Ramos in the first round of the United States Open, spoke of the difficulties derived from the social distancing imposed by the coronavirus, such as having to find his own towel to dry the sweat in the middle of the game.

"The biggest problem with the towel is when you want to use it before the rest, and it is a big concern, because I would like to use it more, but I really cannot because I am interrupting the rhythm of my opponent," Tsitsipas said in a later press conference to their first match of the US Open.

This year's championship is very different from previous editions as the US Tennis Association (USTA) has tried to reduce as much as possible the number of people present in the bubble they have created for the US Open with the aim of trying to prevent coronavirus infections.

For this reason, the children who normally approach the players during matches to give them balls and offer them a towel to wipe the sweat are not present on the court.

Although a small number of people have been deployed to deliver the balls, it is the tennis players themselves who have to approach their chair or the fence of the enclosure to use the towel.

Tsitsipas insisted that this article is of "enormous importance": "I use it very often. It gives me time to think, time to refresh myself and think about my tactic," he said.

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