“There Needs to Be Certain Code”: Roger Federer on Alexander Zverev and Team 8’s Split

Published 05/17/2021, 4:25 PM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 10: Roger Federer of Switzerland holds a press conference at the Rolex Shanghai Masters at the Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 10, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Zhe Ji/Getty Images)


Twenty-time grand slam champion and former world number one Roger Federer, who will be playing his first clay-court match at the Geneva Open tomorrow, appears relatively positive on the way his body has been responding after the quarter-final exit at Qatar Open earlier this year.

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The Swiss star plays against the Spaniard Pablo Andujar in his opening round contest. Federer had already started practicing on the Geneva Open courts and seems to be in complete control of his body before the tournament.

SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 11: Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts in the against Alexander Zverev of Germany during the Men’s singles Quarterfinals match of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters day seven at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer shares his opinion on the split up between Zverev and Team8

The former world number one believes that his clay-court stint this year will play a key role in his preparation for Wimbledon.

But, the Geneva Open draw makes it difficult for Federer to start winning titles immediately after his return. However, the Swiss star lowered his expectations on the two tournaments he plays on the red-dirt(Geneva and French Open).

During the media interaction session ahead of his first match, the Swiss Maestro was asked about Alexander Zverev splitting with Team 8’s management. Federer is one of the establishing partners of this management company.

The Swiss star maintained neutrality and responded that the whole process happened under the supervision of his manager, Tony Godsick.

While Federer remained tight-lipped on Zverev’s exclusion in Team 8, he shared his opinion on whether the ATP should maintain codes of conduct for players on and off the court as well.

We’re independent contractors, I guess, so it’s maybe more complicated than others. I don’t know, I guess when you’re employed at a club or at the league, it’s something very different, in my opinion, because then you get a salary from there. But of course, there needs to be certain code, like…we have on the court”, opined Federer.

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QUITO, ECUADOR – NOVEMBER 24: Roger Federer of Switzerland and Alexander Zverev of Germany wave to fans during an exhibition match between Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev at Mitad del Mundo on November 24, 2019 in Quito, Ecuador. (Photo by Agencia Press South/Getty Images)

The Swiss star had a famous tour of South-America with Alexander Zverev in 2019 before COVID-19 pandemic shook the world. In fact, their exhibition match at Mexico in 2019 set a new attendance record. A total of 42517 people watched Federer play against Zverev.

Coming back to the Geneva Open, Roger Federer will have to battle against tough conditions as there is a high chance of rain along with winds predicted throughout the week.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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