Alexander Zverev accuses the ATP after the final in Madrid – why the Olympic champion is right

In February, Alexander Zverev set a strange record. At 4:55 a.m. local time, the Olympic champion converted a match point against Jenson Brosby in Acapulco, Mexico. Later – one could also say earlier – no tennis pro has finished a match since records began.
“At 5:00 am, the stadium is still very full,” the Hamburg native said afterwards, praising the special energy of Acapulco. Only a few hours later, Zverev competed in the doubles and caused a scandal after the defeat by hitting him on the referee’s chair.

But that is not the reason why the 25-year-old is tired of night shifts. Zverev is even more upset by the fact that night operations are now a normal phenomenon. Poison for biorhythm, for adequate recovery phases and equal opportunity.

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This is how it looks Marcus Zwicky in an interview with Eurosport.de. The former Top 50 Pro talk of “imposing” in light of extremely late match times. You feel like you’ve been “shot by a wolf” when you have to get back to the playground after only half a day playing games at night.

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“During the match, you are full of adrenaline, so you don’t fall asleep immediately when you lie down. After the match, there are still press appointments, massages and the way back to the hotel,” explains this 53-year-old film. Old or old.

Zwicky, who won the ATP tournament in Sun City, South Africa in 1994 and also served on the German Davis Cup team, has fond memories of the late-evening matches. “I’ve always loved playing in the night session, even if it took a long time. But those were different times, maybe it’s happened to me three times in ten years.”

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However, Zverev made no secret of what he thought of the long evenings at Caja Mágica in Madrid. “The ATP’s work has been an absolute disgrace this week,” said third place in the world rankings after losing 3:6, 1:6 in the final to Carlos Alcaraz.

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To question Zverev’s harsh words as an excuse would be wrong. Because the truth is: In the quarter-finals against Felix Auger-Aliassime, he was on the field until about 12:30 AM, in the semi-finals against Stefanos Tsitsipas, he clarified the win at 1:10 AM.

“The fact that the match with Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals is not scheduled until 8:00 pm, and then Zverev against Auger-Aliassime is not possible. It is too late,” complains Zwicky. “If you have the next game in the late afternoon, it feels like a game in the morning – and we know Sasha is not a morning player.”

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Zverev himself admitted that the fatigue factor plays a big role. “Two days ago, I went to bed at 4:30, and the next day at 5:20 a.m. If you stay up too long, you’ll die the next day.”

For comparison: Alcaraz finished his work at 6:45 pm in the quarter-final coup against Rafael Nadal and at 8:05 pm in the semi-final match against Novak Djokovic. But even the Madrid champion was sometimes late to his feet. Initially against Nikoloz Basilashvili, Alcaraz was on the field until midnight.

Zwicky suggests some changes: “You have to discuss it.”

Such times are detrimental to the championships and the sport itself, Zverev said, “I am sad about the final we played. It would have been a very good match, a great match,” said the man from Hamburg. Because of the unbridled early days of the past few days, he couldn’t “play his level”. He had no “coordination in serving and key kicks”. “I had absolutely no chance of being myself.”

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Zoecke can understand the descriptions of German Number One. It is necessary to respond. “You have to discuss how to prevent this problem. But it’s not like you can just decide to let everything happen early in the day. The situation is more complex. Television, with its contracts and transmission times, dictates a lot in this regard” confirms the previous world record 48 .

However, there will be movement on this issue when stars like Zverev are subjected to such massive criticism. One thing seems for sure: ATP can no longer take the matter out.

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