Ruud violated toilet rule by not going to toilet but changing clothes instead

guanzishou

G.O.A.T.
What a ridiculous rule!!!!


When he returned however, umpire Fergus Murphy told Ruud he was in violation of the rules because he didn’t go to the bathroom.

While it was just a warning, it was a bizarre scene as Ruud tried to get his head around the umpire’s instructions.

Ruud: “What, but I used it to change my clothes?”

Murphy: “You have to go to the bathroom as well. That’s the rule,”

Ruud: “But if I need to change my underwear, what do I do? Do it on the court?”

Murphy: “No, no, you can do both. It’s called a bathroom break.”

Ruud: “But if I need a change of clothes, what do I do?”

Murphy: “Yeah, I know that man but the rule is covered by the bathroom break rule. You can change your clothes but you have to go to the bathroom when you say you’re going to the bathroom.

Ruud: “But I didn’t say I was going to the bathroom, I said I was going to change my clothes.”

Murphy: “No I heard that.”

Ruud: “My socks, my underwear, my shorts, my t-shirt.”

Murphy: “That is covered by the bathroom break rule.”

Ruud: “Ok, well next time I take it, I’m going to go to the bathroom I just go into the toilet.”

Murphy: :You have to go to the bathroom, that’s your business. But when you don’t go I have to give you a warning for not going, that’s why I’m explaining it.”

Ruud: “So what is it, like a $3000 fine or something?”

Murphy: “I have no idea about that.”

Murphy then gave Ruud an official unsportsmanlike conduct warning.

The ATP’s rule book states “Unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any misconduct by a player that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the success of a tournament, ATP and/or the Sport.”

Fines generally go along with the code violations and the unsportsmanlike conduct violation “shall subject a player to a fine up to $20,000 for each violation” — although it’s unlikely to be a full $20k.

The commentators were laughing at the situation.

“It’s seems a little ridiculous that you almost have to fake going to the bathroom,” one said.

The bizarre scenes were not lost on fans who were stunned by what they had seen.

However, others pointed to it being an 10-minute break when players are allowed “a maximum of three minutes once they have entered the toilet” and “two minutes for a change of attire in addition to the three-minute toilet break”.

In Ruud’s defence, the court was some way from the locker room.

Ruud, who has won three titles so far this season, is the highest seed still remaining in the tournament.

After the break and the warning, Ruud bounced back to take out the second set in another tense tie-break.
 

TTMR

Hall of Fame
Should have learned from Fed. He knew how to use the bathroom to his advantage.

Youngsters today.
 

accidental

Hall of Fame
The bathroom break is to use the bathroom which can be an urgent and sometimes unpredictable situation, so there is a rule specifically for it to be able to stop play.

Changing your sweaty clothes is not an urgent situation, why should his opponent have to wait up to 10 mins for him to change his outfit when it can be done on court during the changeover. May as well go to the tournament restaurant and have a meal because he feels a bit hungry. Maybe read a book, do some meditation. Go off court and do 10 mins of volley practice against a wall if his volleys don’t feel good today.
 

Lauren_Girl'

Semi-Pro
He left for 11 minutes, FGS. It wasn't just some minor excess. He is only allowed 5 and he took 11. And he had the nerve to whine about it for another minute when the umpire called him out about it. He should have gotten a point penalty at least.
 

Arak

Legend
Tennis to my knowledge is the only sport that comes with its own cheat rules. You have the choice of toilet breaks, MTOs, and TUEs. Toilet breaks are designed to cheat and gain an unfair advantage. Them trying to hide it now under some unconvincing excuses and making new rules to regulate it, which no umpire seems to follow anyway, is a joke.
 

Tshooter

G.O.A.T.
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The bathroom break is to use the bathroom which can be an urgent and sometimes unpredictable situation, so there is a rule specifically for it to be able to stop play.

Changing your sweaty clothes is not an urgent situation, why should his opponent have to wait up to 10 mins for him to change his outfit when it can be done on court during the changeover. May as well go to the tournament restaurant and have a meal because he feels a bit hungry. Maybe read a book, do some meditation. Go off court and do 10 mins of volley practice against a wall if his volleys don’t feel good today.
All can and have been done on-court, no need for a break in the match:

Brooksby has a meal:


Courier reads a book:

“The open book in Jim Courier's lap was "Maybe the Moon" by Armistead Maupin. The open question was: Why was Courier reading in the middle of a tennis match?

"Just felt like doing it," said Courier, who thumbed his way through the novel during the changeovers in Wednesday night's round-robin loss to Andrei Medvedev in the ATP Tour World Championship. "It is an interesting book. I felt like reading.”

Milos Meditates:

 

guanzishou

G.O.A.T.
An idea for Ruud: If he wants to change underwear and shorts on court, he can use a towel to cover his private parts.

 

Wander

Hall of Fame
I think the rule should be that you can take a couple of breaks of say 3 minutes to do anything you want with but that you start to lose points automatically after the time runs out. Maybe the waffing about would stop with that.
 

reaper

Legend
Surely you should have to return to the court with a sample to show the umpire to demonstrate that your bathroom break was legitimate.
 

Tennfan123

Hall of Fame
They are such prime donnas. Wear sweat absorbing underwear or just play on. It’s not that bad. And stop pretending you’re doing anything other than interrupting the match for your own little pep talk or to disrupt your rival.
 

thrust

Legend
The bathroom break is to use the bathroom which can be an urgent and sometimes unpredictable situation, so there is a rule specifically for it to be able to stop play.

Changing your sweaty clothes is not an urgent situation, why should his opponent have to wait up to 10 mins for him to change his outfit when it can be done on court during the changeover. May as well go to the tournament restaurant and have a meal because he feels a bit hungry. Maybe read a book, do some meditation. Go off court and do 10 mins of volley practice against a wall if his volleys don’t feel good today.
There should be NO breaks for any reason, just as it used to be until fairly recently.
 
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