Alexander Zverev had reopened his recent argument with Stefanos Tsitsipas by backing Andy Murray’s suspicions of the Greek.
Murray accused Tsitsipas of ‘cheating’ in their US Open clash on Monday by deliberately taking excessively long comfort breaks at carefully chosen moments.
Tsitsipas has attempted to dismiss them, saying he broke no rules at all.
However, Zverev has joined Murray in strongly criticising Tsitsipas for something that he believes should be well beneath his level.
“He’s the number three player in the world,” Zverev said of Tsitsipas.
“He’s one of the best in the world at what he does. I do not believe that he needs to do that because if you’re top three in the world, you’re one of the best in the sport.
“These kind of things happen at junior events, at futures, at challengers maybe, but not when you’re top three in the world.”
Zverev accused Tsitsipas of receiving coaching via his phone during a similarly lengthy comfort break when the pair met in Cincinnati, and he is not ready to retract those allegations yet.
“He’s gone for 10-plus minutes,” Zverev said when asked if he had reconsidered his comments.
Fact of the day. It takes Stefanos Tsitipas twice as long to go the bathroom as it takes Jeff Bazos to fly into space. Interesting. 🚽 🚀
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) August 31, 2021
“His dad is texting on the phone. He comes out, and all of a sudden his tactic completely changed.
“It’s not just me but everybody saw it. The whole game plan changes,” he said.
“I’m like either it’s a very magical place he goes to or there is communication there.
“But I also don’t want to disrespect him. He is a great player. He is number three in the world for a reason.
“He’s winning tournaments and playing incredible tennis this year for a reason, so it’s not only that.”
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