Zverev DENIES he was using a phone during ATP Finals loss to Tsitsipas

Alexander Zverev denies he was using his PHONE during ATP Finals defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas after footage was picked up on social media – as German suggests it was ‘maybe a water bottle’ in his kit bag

  • Alexander Zverev strongly denied allegations he was using a phone on court
  • A video emerged at the ATP Finals which raised concerns he breached the rules
  • But after losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas, Zverev looked to clear up the situation 

Alexander Zverev gave a defiant defence of his conduct on Wednesday night after allegations emerged that he was using his phone on court during his Nitto ATP Finals defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas.  

Zverev, the world No 7, lost 6-3, 6-2 to Tsitsipas but saw the result overshadowed by a clip that emerged during the game appearing to show him pushing something in his kit bag. 

ATP and ITF rules bar the use of electronic devices during play, unless approved by the tournament supervisor, to prevent match-fixing and any on-court coaching. 

Alexander Zverev strenuously denied allegations he was using his phone while on court

A video online showed the German with his hand in his kit bag touching something not visible

And so had it been Zverev’s phone, or another electronic device that was not authorised, he would be in line to be penalised, but he strongly refuted all allegations. 

Zverev was insistent in his post-match press conference, and in his German interview with Sky, that his phone was stored away in the changing room and it was his water bottle, not a phone, that he was pressing in his bag.  

‘I don’t know what they saw, but it was definitely not a phone,’ he said.  ‘My phone was in the locker room. I always leave it there.’

The incident in question came during changeover but Zverev suggested it was his water bottle

When pressed on what he could have been fiddling with, Zverev said: ‘I mean, a water bottle? Empty water bottle maybe?’ 

The clip shows Zverev sat down at a changeover, down a double break to Tsitsipas, when he is captured reaching down and appearing to scroll with something in his hand in the bag. 

It is a brief clip and it cannot be determined what he was holding before the scoreboard graphic emerges and covers the bag. 

Zverev knows a win in the final group game against Daniil Medvedev will see him join Tsitsipas in the final four of the ATP Finals, ahead of Rafael Nadal, who he beat in the opening round of matches.  

Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Zverev to secure a spot in the semi-finals at the end of season event

Share this article

Source: Read Full Article