The German tennis player decided to stay and train with his team.
LGerman Alexander Zverev forfeited Wednesday for the Berlin exhibition tournament from July 13 to 19, for which he was tipped, announcing also that he had undergone a third test for Covid-19, which had turned out to be negative .
“I had planned this month to go to Berlin, but I finally made the decision to stay put and train with my team, and not play a tournament right now,” said said the young German, 23 years old world N.7, on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
“It is never nice to miss the opportunity to play at home, but I will be back soon,” said Zverev, who also announced that Spaniard David Ferrer, who retired from playing in the summer last, had joined his coaching team.
Zverev participated at the beginning of June in the Adria Tour, an exhibition tournament across the Balkans organized by Novak Djokovic, with the public and without distancing, during which several players, including the world N.1, were contaminated by the new coronavirus.
If the German tested negative, he had promised in a statement to isolate himself for 14 days. But the last weekend in June, a video showed him partying in a crowded bar. This attitude had earned him to be severely criticized by the Australian Nick Kirgios, 40th player in the world, who had called him “selfish”.
At the Berlin exhibition tournament, contested on grass on the Steffi Graf stadium from 13 to 15 July then on hard 17 to 19 in a hangar of the former Tempelhof airport, Zverev will therefore not find Kirgios, nor the Austrian Dominic Thiem ( N.3 worldwide).