Rising star Jannik Sinner has criticised Alexander Zverev ad urged him to learn from Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer about grace in defeat.
Sinner and Zverev faced off in the fourth round of the French Open this year, with the 19-year-old Italian scoring a fine win over Zverev.
Afterwards, though, Zverev told the media he was feeling unwell and had done for days, promoting suspicion that he had contracted - and played with - Covid.
That was not the case, with the German later saying it was just a cold. However, Sinner did not appreciate the drama and he has accused Zverev of just making excuses.
"I respect him a lot because he's won more than me, he's got more experience on the circuit, and he's a great player," Sinner said in an interview with Corriere.
"However, I do not respect his statements after his defeat to me at Roland Garros. He contradicted himself a lot.
"He said he had a fever, but in the third and fourth sets, he ran more than me."
"It seems to me that he was looking for an excuse after his defeat. Federer or Nadal, for example, would never have said such things."
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