Milos Raonic is the rare Canadian in the top ranks of men's tennis. He's also the object of scorn in Paris.
Why? Because he refused to use a toilet without a seat during Wednesday's Paris Masters tennis tournament. A long delay led to scorn from impatient Parisians.
Whatever the status of hygiene in France, Raonic's decision not to squat led to an eight-minute comfort break.
It was the duration of the pause that peeved hoity-toidy spectators.
"Whoever the escort who took me was, took me into a bathroom that had no seats on the toilet," Raonic said after the match. "So I didn't want to squat, so I kept saying, 'Let’s go to another one,' and we ended up going to the locker room."
Raonic's opponent, Jack Sock of the United States, was left at courtside while Raonic took care of business. After losing the first set, Sock won 7-5 to even the match.
Raonic won the third set 7-6. That victory kept alive his hopes of making the ATP Finals, which begin Nov. 9.
As expected, bathroom humor was all the rage. Example: "Raonic was a relieved man," according to Reuters.
The Yahoo! site for Ireland and the United Kingdom offered an image of what Raonic decided to bypass. Can you blame him for saying no to a squat toilet?
Here are Raonic's post-match comments.
And Wednesday's match point.