“Don’t Want To Speak Bad of Stefanos Tsitsipas”: Alexander Zverev Reflects on US Open 2021 Controversy

Published 09/05/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
Aug 21, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Alexander Zverev (GER) stands at the net with Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) after a semifinal match during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports


German tennis player Alexander Zverev has been in top form lately. After winning the Olympic gold medal this year, he has gained the confidence to go deep into the biggest stages in the game. He beat Novak Djokovic en route to Olympic glory, something no player has managed to do on a hardcourt in recent times. 

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However, Alexander Zverev spoke on the recent controversy surrounding the US Open this year. Many players have got annoyed by the longer-than-usual bathroom breaks Stefanos Tsitsipas has been involved in. He has been doing it every match and those breaks have resulted in disrupting the momentum of his opponent. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 08: Alexander Zverev of Germany speaks to the media during previews for the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 Arena on November 08, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Speaking on this issue, Zverev stated, “I wasn’t the first. I was the first big name. I don’t mean to sound arrogant, but I think I’m one of the best guys in the world to have done it. Krajinovic mentioned it. in Hamburg. Other guys have already mentioned it. It happens too often. But it’s not about how many times he goes to the bathroom. I went to the bathroom today. I was back for a minute. , 30 seconds later. That’s how long it normally takes to go to the bathroom, in my opinion.”

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Alexander Zverev is in supreme form 

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At the moment, Zverev is looking strong and booked a spot in the fourth round. He is surely one of the contenders to go deep and probably win this tournament. On the other hand, Tsitsipas lost to teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz. It was the young Spanish talent’s biggest win so far.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 11, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev reacts during his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

The big German star will be facing a tricky opponent in his next round. He will be up against Italian teenage sensation Jannik Sinner in the fourth round of the US Open. We wish him the best of luck for the upcoming matches. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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