‘I can’t breath and have a fever – I’m completely sick,’ says Alexander Zverev in coronavirus admission

Alexander Zverev was suffering with coronavirus symptoms before and during his match against Jannik Sinner at the French Open, he has revealed.

The German was well below his best, losing 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, and he asked for the physio on court before the match has even begun.

He later admitted that it was due to worrying symptoms consistent with Covid-19, and he shouldn’t have even played.

“I am completely sick after the match with [Marco] Cecchinato in the night,” Zverev said.

“Yeah, what can I say? I’m completely sick. I can’t really breathe, as you can hear by my voice. I had fever, you know, as well.

“I’m not in the best physical state, I would say. I think that had a little bit of an effect on the match today.

‘I warmed up today; I shouldn’t have played.”

Zverev was also asked if he had been tested recetly for coronavirus, but refused to answer, claiming it was because he had a problem with the journalist who asked it.

“I’m not answering you questions,” he told Ben Rotherburg of the New York Times when asked.

“There is no chance I am answering your questions from what you have been writing about me over the past months. Absolutely no chance”

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