Tennis superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas revealed his new shoe collaboration with sportswear giant Adidas on Tuesday.
Tsitsipas is currently at the Indian Wells tournament in California, but took time out of his schedule to promote his new tennis shoe created with the German brand, featuring an image of the star’s face on the shoe’s tongue.
The shoe appears to be a variation on the brand’s popular Stan Smith shoe a silhouette first released in the ’60s in collaboration with the American tennis pro whose name it bears. Tsitsipas’s shoe features the same classic low-top shape as the Stan Smith but has side and front detailing that resembles Adidas’s superstar shoe and is highlighted with a unique shade of blue.
The Greek pro announced on his Twitter that the shoe is currently only available in Europe and Japan, but will shortly be available through Tennis stores in North America as well.
— Stefanos Tsitsipas (@steftsitsipas) October 13, 2021
Stefanos Tsitsipas courted controversy last month at the U.S. Open
Tsitsipas courted controversy last month during his run at the U.S. Open. Tsitspas was knocked out of the tournament by Spanish wunderkind Carlos Alcaraz, but faced a huge amount of scrutiny for his bathroom breaks in addition to this defeat. The Greek player faced a wave of accusations and allegations of rule-breaking after he took long, well-timed bathroom breaks during the match with Alcaraz and in his previous match with Andy Murray.
The crowd even booed Tsitsipas for going to the bathroom during the game with the young Spaniard at the US Open. In response to the criticism, the Greek player insisted that he had not broken any rules:
“I took my toilet break as a normal athlete…might have taken a bit longer than other athletes. But if there is a rule that says there’s a specific amount of time that you are allowed to take, then I would probably try and follow that protocol and stay within the guidelines.”
The Grand Slam rule book just says players should take a “reasonable” amount of time, but does not provide an exact number of minutes that would be acceptable.
Some people argued that Tsitsipas used the bathroom breaks to regain some strength during the game or even psych out his opponent.
Yet the Greek athlete argued that he was simply changing his clothes, stating “the only thing I did is change from wet clothes to dry clothes. Apparently it’s a huge issue.”
Tsitsipas argued that other players, without mentioning names, had blatantly broken rules regarding time between play, and were never called out on it.
Watch Tsitsipas’ full press conference remarks below:
“So I don’t know why everyone is suddenly against me,” Tsitsipas stated.
The crowd clearly had a preference during the game, as they jeered Tsitsipas and even chanted “Carlos” during breaks.
When asked about fan support during matches, the tennis star acknowledged that while it is “important” to have good energy from spectators, “it doesn’t matter” when he’s playing, because he “just needs to go out there and perform.”