‘I’m not going to go the sexual way with this question,’ jokes Zverev as he wades into Roland Garros balls debate

Alexander Zverev has had his say on the new Roland Garros balls this year, although he resisted falling into a certain trap!

The new Wilson ball has caused controversy this year, with Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem both insisting they much prefer the previous Babolat version.

Nadal even went as far as to claim the Wilson ball is ‘dangerous’ to players as they could cause elbow and arm injuries.

Zverev, though, has come down on the other side of the argument, saying the behaviour of the Roland Garros balls was dependant on conditions first and foremost.

“I’m not going to go the sexual way with this question, even though I could,” Zverev joked when asked if he ‘liked playing with heavy balls’ by journalist Jonathan Pinfield.

“For me the best clay court ball is the Dunlop ball and for me the worst clay court ball is the Babolat ball.

“So this (Wilson) is somewhere in between. The conditions make it heavy as well.

“We are playing in 10 degrees and rain most of the time so I’m not sure that the Babolat ball would be flying much here right now.”

Zverev is safety into the third round of the French Open after beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Wednesday.

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