Tennis Today: Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘unintentionally’ drags Roger Federer into preferential treatment debate
In Tennis Today, Stefanos Tsitsipas makes the unusual move of ‘unintentionally’ dragging someone’s name into a debate by specifically name-dropping them.
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What’s in the news
Stefanos Tsitsipas isn’t happy, and he has sparked something of a debate.
During his Miami Open Men’s Doubles defeat to Mike and Bob Bryan, he accused umpire Gianluca Moscarella of giving ‘too many privileges’ to the more established players on the tour.
Tsitsipas’ anger was provoked by an unsuccessful challenge to a line call by the Bryan and can be seen here.
Here’s a video of the moment.
Tsitsipas complaining that the Bryans get privileges just like Federer… Interesting.
— Joe (@ProdigyRepV3) March 30, 2019
Tsitsipas asked Moscarella: “Why are you giving them so many privileges?”
Moscarella responded: “It’s not a privilege, they have the right to do it, it’s all I can do.”
Tsitsipas added: “The feeling that I have is that you’re giving them privilege like you do with Roger and everybody else.”
Interestingly, after directly dragging Roger Federer into it, Tsitsipas then took to social media to deny any intention to ‘drag Roger into it’.
Roger Federer is always going to be my favorite player no matter what. I don’t want to drag him into this. It’s not his fault or intention, it’s the umpires that are trying to protect them more than they are supposed to. Nothing more than that.
— Stefanos Tsitsipas (@StefTsitsipas) March 31, 2019
It’s probably just some youthful frustration from an unashamedly passionate character with a strong will to win. After all, players have the same rights to challenge no matter who they are.
Nevertheless, Tsitsipas’ comments are sure to prompt debate.
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What’s on TV
The ATP are taking a breather this week, but the WTA rolls on. You can catch both Charleston and Monterrey events live on BT Sport 2 and 3 throughout the day.
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