Alexander Zverev has suggested that tennis considers pausing the travelling tour for a while and hold multiple events in one venue instead.
The need for a mandatory 14 day quarantine before the Australian Open due to the coronavirus crisis has cast doubt over the viability of the the ATP Tour and WTA Tour in their current guise from a player safety point of view.
Zverev lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals on Tuesday with both players carrying muscle strain injuries into the match.
Meanwhile, many others have suffered similar problems, with the likes of Matteo Berrettini and Casper Ruud having to pull out altogether in the second round.
“We talked about it with Novak and we agree, we can’t have a full travelling circuit.
“I think what the ATP should do and should look into is, you know, maybe having a venue like here and play multiple weeks at one place. Multiple tournaments, multiple weeks.”
“We can change the background, we can change the city name on the court or whatever, and then play it at one venue.”
On the match itself, Zverev added: “I think we were both fine today (physically). It was a hard match.
“It was a great match. We both played well and I’m not happy with the result.”
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