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So, my friends what do you think?
source, The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/04/sports/tennis/wimbledon-2014-federer-raonic-and-others-use-bathroom-trips-to-regroup.html?_r=1

WIMBLEDON, England — After Rafael Nadal lost the first set of his third-round match against Mikhail Kukushkin on Centre Court, he whispered something to the umpire and left the court.

He was gone for more than three minutes. Kukushkin, like a date momentarily abandoned at a cafe, sat in his chair, staring straight ahead, waiting for Nadal to return. He tapped his toes amid the white noise of murmuring fans and rain pattering on the roof.

Nadal returned and won the next three sets by identical 6-1 scores.

“I needed to go to the bathroom; that’s all,” Nadal said afterward. “I bring my T-shirt and my bandanna to change that there because I had to go to the bathroom. Not because I wanted to have a break, no.”

Something as ordinary as a toilet break has increasingly become a debated topic at the top levels of tennis. Does the player really need to go, or is it a ruse to buy time, clear the mind and alter momentum? Did he or she flush? Does it matter?

And by the way, where is the nearest bathroom to Court 16, anyway?

They are surprisingly complicated questions for such a mundane task. And they stir something inside any player or fan who views leaving the court as unbecoming to the sport.

The drama in tennis comes, in large part, by its unusual sporting spectacle — players alone on a stage, their every action and emotion visible for all to see, even, and perhaps especially, between games and sets. There is no halftime to regroup, no dugout to hide in, no helmet to shrink inside, no teammate or coach to deflect attention.

Bathroom breaks are an escape hatch. There are no statistics kept on their frequency, but most top players have used them at trying times in key matches.

“It’s gotten completely out of hand,” said the former player John McEnroe, now a television analyst. “Most of the times, it’s when someone loses a set. Very rarely does it happen that you go out when you’re winning.”

When Andy Murray was still in pursuit of his first Grand Slam title, he won the first two sets of the 2012 United States Open final against Novak Djokovic and then lost the next two. He excused himself.

As Djokovic and the restless crowd waited, Murray stood alone in a tiny, one-toilet bathroom just off the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“I stood in front of the mirror with sweat dripping down my face, and I knew I had to change what was going on inside,” he said the next spring. “So I started talking. Out loud. ‘You are not losing this match,’ I said to myself. ‘You are not losing this match.’ I started out a little tentative, but my voice got louder. ‘You are not going to let this one slip. This is your time.’

“At first, I felt a bit weird, but I felt something change inside me. I was surprised by my response. I knew I could win.”

He did not say whether he used the toilet.

The rules are simple; their enforcement is tricky. At Grand Slam events, women are allowed two bathroom breaks during their three-set matches. In men’s singles, with five-set matches, three breaks are allowed.

“A player is allowed to request permission to leave the court for a reasonable time for a toilet break/change of attire break (women’s events),” the Grand Slam tournament rule book reads. “Toilet breaks should be taken on a set break and can be used for no other purpose. Change of attire breaks (women’s events) must be taken on a set break.”

Subsequent breaks, or breaks in the middle of a set, can be requested, but the player might be subject to penalties if the break lasts longer than 90 seconds. Ana Ivanovic was docked four points for a break during a tournament in 2010 in Austria.

The breaks are not a new phenomenon, just one that seems to be more regularly employed at key moments.

“I can tell you I abused the rule once or twice myself,” said Pam Shriver, who won 22 Grand Slam doubles titles (one mixed) and was ranked as high as third in singles. “More when I lost composure. Not so much in a major. Wimbledon, I wouldn’t think of doing it. But a couple of times at tour events where I was tired and burned out and emotional and I just needed to collect myself, I used it.”

Roger Federer once used one to wait for the sun to move, after losing the first set of a 2010 Australian Open quarterfinal match against Nikolay Davydenko.

“When the sun comes from the side, the ball seems half the size and is just hard to hit,” Federer explained after rallying to win. “I never take toilet breaks. But I thought, Why not? I just hoped with every minute it took, the sun would move another centimeter.”

In a match that followed, Djokovic took a break against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, an absence largely excused because Djokovic said he had to throw up.

Last year in Montreal, the Canadian Milos Raonic acknowledged that he took a bathroom break “to regroup.” During last year’s Wimbledon final against Marion Bartoli, Sabine Lisicki took a bathroom break after losing the first set, 6-1. She was unable to find her game or her composure and lost the second set.

At this year’s French Open final, Maria Sharapova won the first set against Simona Halep, lost the second, took a break and won the third.

Some see it as a way to slow down an opponent’s momentum. Venus and Serena Williams have reputations for taking bathroom breaks after warm-ups, creating a short delay before the match begins. Do they really have to use the toilet minutes after taking the court?

“I don’t think that the players would honestly say that they’re doing it on purpose to interfere with other players’ rhythm,” Djokovic said. “In the end of the day, it stays behind the doors in a way.”

Beyond gamesmanship, there might be other reasons for what seems to be a spike in trips to the bathroom. Players hydrate more than ever, including before and during a match, and some men’s Grand Slam matches last five sets and five hours. Still, women seem to use the breaks at least as often.

Logistics can be tricky. Tournaments are played across a dozen or more courts scattered over many acres. Players may not be familiar with where to find relief.

Wimbledon has a written plan for each court, given to all chair umpires, telling them where the nearest bathroom is. Officials declined to share it.

The plan at the United States Open is not so secret. “Courts 4-10 will be taken in the public bathrooms under Court 7,” the instructions read. In capital letters, it adds: “If Court 7 ladies restrooms blocked, please take the ladies to media entrance and go into media center and to the left.” Players on several other courts are directed to a bathroom under Court 11, through a door marked “court attendants.” A key is required, and the player must return the key to the attendant. “Make sure the player takes his/her credential,” the instructions read.

In all cases, tournament officials said, players must be accompanied to the bathroom, usually by a predetermined line judge.

There are concerns that players could do something illegal — receive coaching advice by someone along the way, watch video or trade text messages on a smartphone inside the stall, even inject themselves with an illegal substance.

Nowhere, however, are there rules or instructions for the one person who must sit through an entire match without the benefit of sweating out fluids: the chair umpire.

At Wimbledon in 2010, when John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played a match lasting more than 11 hours, divided over three days, they were lauded for their endurance and their ability to control their emotions — and bladders.

In the fading light of an impossibly long second day, Isner called a bathroom break at 58-58. Mahut followed. They each returned to win a service game and called it a night.

The chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani, took no break.

“A few people have asked me how I managed to get through seven hours of tennis without using the toilet,” he said as part of a retrospective of the match by The Telegraph of London in 2011. “But when you are into the game and so focused, you don’t have time to think about food and drinks.”

Instead, as Isner and Mahut were off using the toilet — no one checked to make sure they actually did — the umpire sat in his chair, waiting amid the din of the crowd for his company to return.
 

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If you gotta go, you gotta go.
The question is if you don't have to, but you still do ;)

Not sure though what they can do. Not as if someone would accompany them to check
 

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This is yet another obvious trick to disrupt the opposition. Not surprising those using it most are also the cheaters breaking other rules in order to get things their way.
 

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If you gotta go, you gotta go.
Men's plays best of 5 and still they don't go to the bathroom as much as the women's.

Women's are just pathetic, 'yeah, I'll take a toilet break now, so I can confuse my opponent' :haha:
Pathetic tactics, but they works.
 

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tennis players drink a lot of fluids,
they need those fluids, to hydrate their body.
HOWEVER, because you aren't dehydrated much in the 1st set (because the physical exertion isn't too extreme yet), you sometimes end up needing to go to the bathroom.
its less of a factor after the 1st set because your body is dehydrated more as the match progresses :yeah:
 

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No, you don't need the bathroom in the final stages of such an event. Fluid taken is fluid used (it's hardly ever enough, your pee is always dark after a match, regardless of how much you drank).

You calculate every second of your days, food, fluids, everything.

There is no way in the world one player at such a stage to need the bathroom for real, except for a medical condition.

It's just not possible.

It's all about regrouping, taking "vitamins", read the messsage behind the poilet seat from your coach, etc.

It's not about peeing, nor #2, for sure.
 

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sometimes you don't use all your fluid in the 1st set, because you drunk a lot before the match began and you haven't exerted much by the end of the 1st set :yeah:
 

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One of the worst examples of this was this year at Wimbledon in the Dimitrov v Mayer match. The match was stopped at 5-6 in the 2nd due to rain. They came out an hour later, played for 10 minutes and after Mayer lost the tiebreak, he took a bathroom break. FFS, how can you need to go to the toilet when you have only been playing for 10 minutes? :rolleyes:
 

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One of the worst examples of this was this year at Wimbledon in the Dimitrov v Mayer match. The match was stopped at 5-6 in the 2nd due to rain. They came out an hour later, played for 10 minutes and after Mayer lost the tiebreak, he took a bathroom break. FFS, how can you need to go to the toilet when you have only been playing for 10 minutes? :rolleyes:
may be he suddenly hit by a diaherra? :confused:
 

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One of the worst examples of this was this year at Wimbledon in the Dimitrov v Mayer match. The match was stopped at 5-6 in the 2nd due to rain. They came out an hour later, played for 10 minutes and after Mayer lost the tiebreak, he took a bathroom break. FFS, how can you need to go to the toilet when you have only been playing for 10 minutes? :rolleyes:
But that's exactly why you may need to go, because you haven't played long enough to dehydrate (you are too hydrated), and you've been drinking for hours before the match :eek:, and i've seen players go for bathroom breaks during warm-up for that exact reason :p
 

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tennis players drink a lot of fluids,
they need those fluids, to hydrate their body.
HOWEVER, because you aren't dehydrated much in the 1st set (because the physical exertion isn't too extreme yet), you sometimes end up needing to go to the bathroom.
its less of a factor after the 1st set because your body is dehydrated more as the match progresses :yeah:
And yet Nadal looked like he jumped out on the pool just right after the every first sets. :)
 

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But that's exactly why you may need to go, because you haven't played long enough to dehydrate (you are too hydrated), and you've been drinking for hours before the match :eek:, and i've seen players go for bathroom breaks during warm-up for that exact reason :p
Would you stop with your inane attempts?
 

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Clearly, Aussie players were never slowed down by constipation because of their diets, high in fiber.

The King of Clay on the other hand is consistently handicapped by it at the beginning of the match.
His movement is slow and poor with very tight looking shots. Constant picking on behind between points is a primary symptom.

Finally the 1st set exercise loosens his vital pathways and at the end of a set he can take a toilet break and finally unload his frustrations.

Freed of the extra weight, and brimming with newly found energy, he charges onto the court and moves with abandon, hitting winner after winner, a whirling dervish, beating the ball and his opponent unmercifully with his topspin cyclones of death.

Between points he looks like an animated cartoon, touching every part of his face, chest, lower body parts, all as fast as possible to avoid going over the time limit rule that he respects greatly. He still picks at his butt out of habit, without any real intention.

With the huge amount of energy he has in his reserve tanks, the only way he can lose is if a player decides to hit the ball as hard as they can, get lucky to hit every line within 2 shots, and refuse to play real tennis. Otherwise it is GOATSetMatch. :cool:

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Clearly, Aussie players were never slowed down by constipation because of their diets, high in fiber.

The King of Clay on the other hand is consistently handicapped by it at the beginning of the match.
His movement is slow and poor with very tight looking shots. Constant picking on behind between points is a primary symptom.

Finally the 1st set exercise loosens his vital pathways and at the end of a set he can take a toilet break and finally unload his frustrations.

Freed of the extra weight, and brimming with newly found energy, he charges onto the court and moves with abandon, hitting winner after winner, a whirling dervish, beating the ball and his opponent unmercifully with his topspin cyclones of death.

Between points he looks like an animated cartoon, touching every part of his face, chest, lower body parts, all as fast as possible to avoid going over the time limit rule that he respects greatly. He still picks at his butt out of habit, without any real intention.

With the huge amount of energy he has in his reserve tanks, the only way he can lose is if a player decides to hit the ball as hard as they can, get lucky to hit every line within 2 shots, and refuse to play real tennis. Otherwise it is GOATSetMatch. :cool:

Respectfully,
masterclass
poor rafa :haha: :haha: he must be eating too much banana :haha:
 

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poor rafa :haha: :haha: he must be eating too much banana :haha:
Yes, exactly. But he had to do this to avoid severe cramps that just sucked him under the table at press conferences. :shrug:
So embarrassing. :eek: So what can you do? Eat a lot of bananas. :cool:



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tennis players drink a lot of fluids,
they need those fluids, to hydrate their body.
HOWEVER, because you aren't dehydrated much in the 1st set (because the physical exertion isn't too extreme yet), you sometimes end up needing to go to the bathroom.
its less of a factor after the 1st set because your body is dehydrated more as the match progresses :yeah:
So, can you explain why Nadal never takes a bathroom break after winning the first set? I have watched two of his matches this Wimbledon and both times he took one after losing it, against Kukushkin and Kyrgios. I can't recall a match in which he took one after winning the first set.
 
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