‘The clay season is way too short these days,’ says Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev says the clay season is ‘way too short’ as he targets a complete collection of clay Masters in Monte-Carlo.

Zverev has already won Rome and Madrid, meaning Monte-Carlo is the only Masters-level event played on clay that he is missing.

He will hope to put that right this week and he is in confident mood, although he does believe there needs to be more clay events added to the calendar.

“This is probably one of my favourite times of the year,” Alexander Zverev told the ATP Tour. “I do enjoy playing on the clay.

“I do enjoy the long matches, the hard matches, physical matches. I’m looking forward to the next upcoming weeks, and hopefully it’s going to be great tennis to watch.

“I grew up on this surface, so for me it actually takes maybe half a day (to transition to clay from hard courts), and then I feel fine.

“Of course, the first few matches are always a little bit different. You need some getting used to.

“It’s just fun being on this surface. I mean, I feel like the clay court season is way too short these days. And yeah, it’s fun to be out here.

“Monte Carlo is the only [clay] Masters I haven’t won yet, so I’m looking forward to playing.”

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