Alexander Zverev says he will not allow his critics to 'wipe the smile off his face' as he continues to fight allegations about his personal life.
Zverev is probably playing the best tennis of his career right now, but that has coincided with accusations of abuse by an ex-girlfriend, which he has strenuously denied.
Since the resumption of tennis after the coronavirus break, Zverev has reached the US Open final, won two tournaments in Cologne, and lost the final of the Paris Masters on Sunday.
After that defeat to Daniil Medvedev, though, he once again came out defiantly to his critics.
“I know that right now there are a lot of people who will be trying to wipe a smile off my face, but I’m still smiling under this mask,” Zverev said.
“Everything’s great on the court and off the court. Everything is great in my life, I’m going to be a father soon.
“Those who are trying (to wipe a smile off his face) can keep trying but I’m still smiling, you just can’t see under the mask.”
On the upcoming ATP Finals, which Zverev won in 2018, the German added: "We will see how it goes.
"I'm happy with my tennis. I just need to maybe recover a little bit physically.
"I was tired [against Medvedev]. At the end of the second set I was tired. I was dead. The third set was always going to be very difficult for me."
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