Alexander Zverev takes aim at ATP, saying: ‘They should be there for the players’

Alexander Zverev says the ATP are ‘not there for the players,’ instead prioritising tournament directors and their own financials.

Political unrest within tennis has been prominent in recent times, with a dissatisfaction with the ATP Players Council prompting Novak Djokovic to start an independent players union, the PTPA.

The challenges of coronavirus have obviously complicated matters as well, but Zverev says he feels quite under-represented within the ATP right now.

“They are only focused on keeping the financial situation in order,” Zverev told Bild. “The opinion of the players is not their major priority.

“It’s a shame because the ATP should be there for the players. At the moment they are obviously more there for the tournament organisers.”

Zverev also echoed the recent frustrations by players such as Benoit Paire and Stefanos Tsitsipas surrounding the quality of life inside bio-secure bubbles on Tour.

“We’re also in a bubble in Miami, even if everything around is relaxed. The ATP rules also count there,” Zverev explained.

“In my opinion, the ATP should listen more to the countries we are in right now, otherwise it will be mentally difficult for us.

“[For example] at an indoor tournament like Rotterdam, we only see hotel rooms and the hall, so virtually no outside world.”

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