Andy Roddick Calls for ‘Same Metrics’ for Alexander Zverev as Naomi Osaka and Nick Kyrgios

Published 08/23/2021, 9:46 AM EDT
Aug 21, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Alexander Zverev (GER) waits for Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE not pictured) to come back to the court after the first set of their semifinal match against during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports


During the Cincinnati Open 2021 semifinals, Alexander Zverev accused Stefanos Tsitsipas and his father of on-court coaching. Later on, he defeated him and went on to lift his sixth Masters 1000 title the next day. However, retired American professional Andy Roddick feels the whole situation went under the rug.

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Notably, Roddick put Alexander Zverev along with Naomi Osaka and Nick Kyrgios. He then explained that while the media covers the latter two often, the German is not.

Accordingly, the 2003 US Open winner asked for clarity on Zverev’s calling out on Tsitsipas publicly. Roddick claimed that he “should be accountable” as anyone else.

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Andy Roddick reopens Alexander Zverev – Stefanos Tsitsipas controversy

After losing the opening set in the semifinal, Tsitsipas went on to take an eight-minute-long bathroom break. At the time, Zverev approached the chair umpire and suggested that the Greek and his father are conducting illegal on-court coaching. Indeed, it is a hefty accusation, though without any genuine evidence.

Consequently, Roddick opened up that the media not following up on the incident is a “miss.” According to him, everyone should be equally answerable for having an opinion.

“I think that one thing that’s important to talk about, and potentially controversial, is we have to have the same metrics. We talk about Naomi Osaka a lot, off the court, what she is dealing with,” Roddick highlighted. “We go after Nick Kyrgios all the time. How we are not asking Zverev about his accusations yesterday in the interview afterwards is a miss.”

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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

He added, “It seems to be like a lot of stuff is off-limits with him. I don’t think it should be. We should be consistent across the board.”

Moreover, Roddick added that Zverev and Tsitsipas resolving with each other at the net is not the end of it. Instead, he suggested that the media should pursue the topic further. It will be interesting to see whether the media catches this up again at the US Open 2021.

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What’s next for Zverev after the Cincinnati Open 2021 glory?

The defending finalist, Zverev, got the perfect base before his campaign in New York. Before Cincinnati, he claimed the gold medal at Tokyo Olympics too.

Aug 22, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Alexander Zverev (GER) kisses the Rookwood Cup after defeating Andrey Rublev (RUS not pictured) in the final during the Western and Southern Open final at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Hence, the German professional is in the form of his career. But it remains to be seen whether he can continue it at the last major tournament of the year. Do you think Zverev will win his maiden Grand Slam this year?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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