Written by By Sarah Gordon, CNN
The BBC’s schedulers may have cooked up a great selection of schedule changes ahead of the US Open this year, but one queue in particular is guaranteed to not end anytime soon.
After breaking his Wimbledon record with four consecutive sets, Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas also ditched the schedule in order to walk to the bathroom during his quarter-final match.
Footage from last Thursday shows the 17-year-old walking back and forth back-and-forth down the steps at the Grandstand, before one of the court staffers notices he’s snubbed the toilet and rushes after him.
Tsitsipas is clearly annoyed and looks left and right, giving the camera several stridently exasperated looks.
At one point he covers his head with his hands, kicking one of his shoes out of the way as he strolls towards the housekeepers.
“It was just one of those days,” he said on Friday after being eliminated in the last four.
He was awarded a TV interview at the net after the match after the umpire apparently thought the worst was over, but was forced to leave his post to walk to the toilet.
After posting an image of the walk to his Instagram account, he encouraged fans to try it, telling them: “Please try at the US Open this year.”
After the young phenom fought his way through the early rounds, he defeated Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-7 (7/5), 6-2, 6-4 in the quarter-finals. He then came back from two sets down to defeat France’s Richard Gasquet 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2.
The Greek played third-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov for a spot in the semifinals. But Tsitsipas retired at a crucial juncture, however, drawing boos from the crowd.
Despite Tsitsipas’ sometimes frustrating behavior on the court, he’s been thoroughly dominant over the last year, winning an ATP singles title at the ATP EnergySolutions Arena in Sacramento and No. 16 in the world rankings.