The human mind has no limitations when it comes to figuring out ways around rules. Enter the game of tennis. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) are in the process of developing and changing the rules for bathroom breaks because, it appears, players are using the the breaks strategically. For example, a claimed bathroom break need not actually be used to go to the bathroom. There are no time limits on bathroom breaks. As the CEO of WTA explained, “The rule is there to provide for a need for the players. It is not meant to be strategic or a momentum changer.”
In addition, there are the stories of players being handed a banana on the way to the bathroom. However, the banana contained a piece of paper with coaching tips. Other players have made calls for help with the match, some even calling mom. The problems have arisen recently because most past players simply did not take breaks. As 1985 U.S. Open Champion, Hana Mandikova, said she never used a bathroom break in her entire career, but “It’s just that there’s so much money involved now, that everybody’s looking for every little edge.” One of today’s players begs to differ, “We do whatever it takes to win the match.” Spoken like a true gamer of the loopholes and ambiguities in the rules.