Next-generation star Alexander Zverev crashed out of the US Open 2019 after a flurry of double faults against Diego Schwartzman in the course of four sets 6-3, 2-6, 3-6, 4-6 in the fourth round on Monday.
The German incurred a point penalty for using offensive language during his round of 16 matches at the US Open 2019. Ironically, the 22-year-old adviced his young rivals to abandon their on-court antics and let their racquet do the talking.
The German said in a post-match interview, “There are a lot of young guys that do things on the tennis court that maybe is not the best thing to do. I don’t want the next generation to be known for that.”
He signaled out Stefanos Tsitsipas for crossing the lines a lot of times. He added, “I think a lot of the times Tsitsipas gets over the line with changing his shoes 15 times in a tournament, going to the bathroom in the middle of a set. Stuff like that.”
The German continued, “Let your tennis racquet talk for you, kind of. You don’t need to do things to distract the opponent, try to win that way.”
Alexander Zverev also pointed out Daniil Medvedev who has been fined with $9,000 for an obscene gesture and unsportsmanlike conduct during his third-round match at the US Open 2019. Medvedev was also seen lifting his middle finger on the big screen.
“Medvedev is obviously going over the line a little bit now. But he’s winning. He’s in the quarterfinals. He’s playing Stan. At the end of the day, it all doesn’t matter if you’re winning,” Alexander Zverev added.
He continued, “I hope some of the NextGen or the young guys’ will kind of learn from the older guys like Roger and Rafa who have been unbelievable over their career, really let their racquet talk for them, not try to distract opponents. They’re winning right now. I hope that kind of changes in the NextGen, as well.”