Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021 Canada’s Denis Shapovalov celebrates during his first round match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake MELBOURNE—Denis Shapovalov had to literally ‘hold on’ to beat Jannik Sinner in a thrilling Australian Open win over the Italian talent on Tuesday, having been left fuming after he was denied a request to take a bathroom break before the deciding fifth set. “What happens if I go?” Canadian Shapovalov asked German umpire Nico Helwerth at Margaret Court Arena. “Do I get a fine? I don’t care! “What do you mean I can’t go? Are you going to disqualify me? I have to pee! “I’m going to piss my pants! I’m going to piss in a bottle! You guys are not allowing players to piss? I don’t understand this rule!” Players are allowed two bathroom breaks per five-set match at the tournament, with the breaks permitted only between sets. Shapovalov, the 11th seed, later told reporters he was “blowing off steam”.” “Also I do think it’s a dumb rule, especially for me. I’ve got the smallest bladder ever. I’ve literally got to take a piss every set, so it’s difficult when you’re on the court for so long,” he said. “Before the match I’m trying to hydrate as much as possible. … Of course it wasn’t the umpire’s fault. “I think we should be able to take more breaks and go to the washroom because we … could be on the court for more than three-four hours.” Shapovalov meets Australia’s Bernard Tomic for a place in the third round. Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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