So Yesterday I put a poll up on my community
tab that simply read Is Stefanos Tsitsipas Unsportsmanlike? Many of you were confused by this as there
was no context or specific reasoning, intially, why i posted this. As I’m sure a lot of you all know, Shoegate
has been dominating the headlines recently due to the recent shoe trouble Stefanos had
in his Citi Open matches last week. The situation first blew up in his quarterfinal
encounter with flashy frenchman Benoit Paire when at 2-love in the second set the Greek
player’s shoelace broke which forced a pause in the match. Benoit wasn’t too happy about this and mocked
Stefanos by stopping my mid-match as well to mess around with his shoes. After this whole ordeal, Paire clearly looked
mentally effected and didn’t win a game since which led a few people to speculate
that this was done on purpose. One Reddit user commented:
Quite a few others shared this sentiment with another person saying:
While these comments were very critical of Stef the one that got my attention the most
and the one that inspired the poll was this which reads:
This got my attention because there have been claims in the past of immature and unsportsmanlike
behavior by Tsitsipas, and I wanted to see if my viewers were aware of any of it or believed
that his previous actions were unsportsmanlike. I’ll get into those issues in a minute,
but first I wanted to address Shoe gate and all of the controversy surrounding it. Though it seemed like Benoit was visibly upset
at Stefanos for his shoe troubles, their embrace at the net after the match left many confused
as to why Benoit would hug him and say it was nothing against Stef. We then began to realize that the anger was
directed towards the umpire for allowing this to go in for so long with out a time violation
warning or something. After this match Stef talked about and explained
his shoe problems saying: ““My laces are breaking on the last hole, when I’m sliding
on the forehand side. My laces touch the ground. There’s a friction that causes the breakage
of my shoelaces.” “In a way, Paire was right to be upset. It has happened many times in the past. I’ve been struggling with it. I’m not doing it on purpose. Some people think I’m doing it on purpose. It always happens in crucial moments when
I’m trying really hard to give everything on the court. It’s very irritating for me to keep playing
with a shoe that’s not tight. It can fall off at any moment during the rally. Once in Barcelona it happened.” When speaking on the Frenchman’s Funny Fiasco
he continued: “That was funny. I didn’t know whether to laugh or keep a
serious face. It was hilarious.” After seeing these quotes and the reaction
afterwards from both Paire and stef I do believe Stefanos was genuinely troubled by his shoe
and was very frustrated by what happened. I’m also glad that he didn’t take Benoit’s
acts too seriously because I think we can all agree that it was really funny and entertaining. Stefanos’ shoe problem may soon become nonexistent
as he recently hinted at a future sponsorship with New Balance, but in the meantime he must
hope his Adidas will hold up for Montreal. Going back to the topic at hand, I’ve gathered
all of the the possible evidence that backs claims of poor sportsmanship brought forth
against Stefanos. First is his mistreatment of ball children
from time to time. The issue first arose in the 2018 Swiss Indoor
Open during his quarterfinal match against Daniil Medvedev when he snatched his freshly
strung racket from the ball girl. He would later issue an apology for his actions
on Twitter. A similar instance transpired in Dubai this
year during his quarterfinal matchup versus Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz. When Stefanos dropped the second set in a
tiebreaker he angrily snatched the towel from the girl with his racket which caused quite
an uproar. Stef has also had some issues with lines people
as for example he blew up at one of the line judges during this year’s edition of the
Australian Open. While in the middle of a battle versu s Nikoloz
Basilashvili, a poor call and a time violation led the Greek shout at the linesman “f your
house” and said that they f’ed him. In his press conference after the match he
apologized for his actions saying: “ “I said some really bad things. I regret saying them. But I really wanted this really bad. At that moment it felt like it was slipping
out, you know. He kind of found comfort and confidence after
that.” “So I was really frustrated. I didn’t quite think what I was saying. “I wish I could change that and wouldn’t
say that. It’s not the right attitude.” Another on-court outburst was his demolishon
of the headphones in his ATP Next Gen Finals Semi final match against Andrey Rublev. The headphones were used for oncourt coaching
but he clearly wasn’t a fan of that and even said this after the incident telling
Sport 360, The final part of this mini-series is his conflicts with other players. In his quarterfinal matchup with fellow Next
Genner Alexander Zverev, Tsitsipas was taking a towel break which Zverev patiently waited
for him to finish. This caused the 25 second shot clock to go
a little over the allotted time leading the chair umpire to give Sascha a time violation
warning. Zverev pleaded with Stefanos to tell the ump
his side of the story but wanted nothing of the debate and minded his own business. Though many criticized Stef for his lack of
action, many others mentioned that he possibly did this because of some controversial statements
that Sascha made about him in the past. After Stefanos defeated Sacha, Zverev instead
of praising his opponent, said this: The next player he’s had on-court conflict
with is Denis Shapovalov. In their Miami Open match, Stefanos tapped
his racket on the ground mid-point as a clear effort to distract his opponent. Take a look for yourself. Understandingly tennis fans condemned this
behavior calling it disgusting, unsportsmanlike above many others. Last but not least is his infamous feud with
Russian Daniil Medvedev. If you don’t already know this story, it
all started when Stefanos took an emergency bathroom break in the third set, something
the Russian player did after the second. Not only did this frustrate Daniil but Stefanos’
lack of apology for hitting a few net cords did the trick as well. Medvedev said: “You know that you have to
say sorryright?” To which Tsitsipas replied: “ok, sorry” After the match Stefanos frustrated with both
the loss and Medvedev’s statements, called his a bull sheet russian in which Daniil responded: Many people were on the side of Daniil’s
because they feel that Stef’s comment at the net was immature and uncalled for which
I agree. He later apologized for his actions as well,
but blocked the Russian on social media Taking all of these instances into account
I definitely believed there are some sportsmanship issues at hand, but I feel that the bigger
problem is the immaturity and poor self control the Greek sometimes possess. It’s clear he has a lot more growing up
to do which he openly acknowledges. With all of these things Stef oftentimes proves
to be well beyond his years not only with his play but with his professionalism and
philosophical approaches. He’s not perfect by any stretch but one
has to acknowledge his efforts to better himself and his actions. And judging by this Instagram photo, it seems
as if he and Daniil are on the mend in terms of their relationship as well. To close this out I do believe Stefanos has
his Unsportsmanlike moments but I see most of his antics as immaturity more than anything
else. It’s important to remember that while poor
behavior shouldn’t be tolerated age and pressure from the tour should be taken into
account because these are important factors to consider Do you believe Stefanos Tsitsipas is Unsportsmanlike
or feel that the majority of his actions were warranted and that it’s just apart of him
growing up? Leave your thoughts in the comment section
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post new content. Also, while on the topic of Stefanos today
marks the first time he is inside the top 5 of the ATP rankings so congratulations to
him on that. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next
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Dennis Veasley

10 thoughts on “Is Stefanos Tsitsipas Unsportsmanlike? (Angry Moments, Shoe gate)”

  1. He really is unsportsmanlike. Not only during the last tournament, but also previous ones. Shouting at ballgirls…always trying to trick his oponnent and trying to argue with umpires about the call and hawk eye challenges… so maybe he can somehow win the point. What was also disgusting was during the wawrinka match in FO2019 on match point he tried to trick the oponnent and umpire by circling the wrong mark…as it turned out it did not work. And don't even get me started with ,,Bullshit russian" and toilet breaks he takes all the fucking time. What a great talent, but what a frustrating personality.

  2. The real question should be why are the ball/towel persons allowed to handle sweat and sometimes saliva filled towels of the players without wearing gloves, or maybe even mouth and nose coverings, as ive seen the towel hit their face are many times.

  3. Oh yes now i understand. Yes he needs to have extra shoes available. No excuse in the Kyrigos match. Just not prepared and its tacky.

  4. Tournament organisers need to take Roddick Dubois' comment below pertaining to the ball persons handling of the players towel seriously. Maybe a chair could be placed at the back of the players so they can deal with their towel themselves.

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