ATP Announces New Rules

  • 07 Dec 2021

In response to controversy over the lengthy toilet breaks, particularly at the the US Open, which saw Stefanos Tsitsipas under heavy scrutiny after he took a seven-minute break during his match with Andy Murray, the ATP Tour has announced new rules relating to toilet breaks, attire changes to come into effect from 2022, in addition to a proposed change to the Medical time out rule, with starting dates to be announced.

Toilet Break & Change of Attire (Effective 2022)

  • Players can take a maximum of three minutes once they have entered the toilet.
  • Players will receive two minutes for a change of attire in addition to the three-minute toilet break.
  • Note: Change of attire may only be done in conjunction with a toilet break (unless authorised by the Chair Umpire).
  • A player may only take one toilet break per match.
  • Toilet breaks can only be taken during a set break.
  • Time violations will apply if a player is not ready within the allowed time.
  • The ATP will also introduce new rules on medical timeouts, but the tour stated that they are not sure when the rules will come into effect.

Medical Time Out (Effective Date TBD)

  • One three-minute time out per match to be taken during a changeover or a set break only.
  • If the player cannot continue to the next change of ends, he will forfeit the points required to get to that change of ends/set break.