‘All the top players stretch the rules’ – Mats Wilander backs Stefanos Tsitsipas in cheating row

Former multiple Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander has defended Stefanos Tsitsipas after Andy Murray called him ‘a cheat’ at the US Open.

Murray was furious with Tsitsipas for taking what he considered to be excessively lengthy comfort breaks during their US Open first round clash.

However, Eurosport expert Wilander, who won seven Grand Slam titles in his career, says Tsitsipas is not doing anything that all the great players don’t do – including Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

“Tsitispas does sweat and sweat, so he does need to go and change his shorts, underwear, shirt – I guess some people can do that in seven minutes, some people take a little longer,” Wilander said.

“I don’t feel Andy showed inexperience because he has played for so long, but he got so irritated, he wasn’t moving around, maybe he could have hit a few serves.

“Maybe he was too much in the moment somehow and it irritated him – you just can’t let that happen.

“At the same time, all the top players always something that stretches the rules, not intentionally, but they go about their business, they are in the moment.

“[Rafael] Nadal sometimes takes too long, [Novak] Djokovic takes a few injury time outs, [John] McEnroe was screaming, [Jimmy] Connors did his thing – it’s what champions do.

“Tsitsipas was in the moment. Murray may have been too involved in the moment. I’m not too sure it would have made a difference in the end.”

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