(VIDEO) Stefanos Tsitsipas complains to umpire bizarrely about Carlos Alcaraz grunting

Wednesday, 05 June 2024 at 08:57
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From Hubert Hurkacz asking for the umpire to be changed to now the umpire being complained to about a player grunting, this year at Roland Garros has certainly seen it all with Stefanos Tsitsipas part of the latest incident.
The Greek was defeated on Tuesday evening by Carlos Alcaraz in a comprehensive three sets loss. It was 6-3, 7-6, 6-4 for the Spaniard who now brings up a crunch clash with his main rival, Jannik Sinner. From the tournament being seen as the most open in years to potentially four of the favourites in Alcaraz, Sinner, Ruud and Zverev moving through. It has certainly seen the cream rise to the top.
Albeit in Tsitsipas' case, he wasn't happy about one aspect of Alcaraz' game/tactics and that was his grunt during points which he ran to complain about after the second set tie-break which was a pivotal juncture in the contest. “I never complain about this but it’s frustrating. When I’m about to hit the shot… and moments before I hit the shot, I still hear the grunt. It’s not during the shot, it’s right before," he quipped.
At the time, Alcaraz was 5-1 up and they changed ends to which Tsitsipas complained about the issue. He continued to argue his case as the crowd seemingly sided with Alcaraz jeering him as he began to serve towards attempting to stay in the set. Albeit he wasn't particularly happy with this. He continued to chew over it as the set ended in Paris.
Some in the comments on the Reddit post believed that he had a point and that the grunt of Alcaraz has always been pronounced and over extended. In this case, they also said that the Greek had every right to go over and argue his case. But in reality not much can be done apart from Tsitsipas trying to get Alcaraz to stop. But it is a main facet of his game.

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