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Alexander Zverev dissatisfied with the French Open organizers’ planning: “Tournament should do a better job”

Alexander Zverev dissatisfied with the French Open organizers’ planning: “Tournament should do a better job”
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The Court Philippe-Chatrier is the jewel in the crown of the Roland-Garros tournament facility.

More than 15,000 people crowd the stands when the biggest matches of the French Open are played – sometimes during the day, sometimes in the so-called session de soirĂ©e, sometimes in the open air, sometimes with the roof closed.

Alexander Zverev has noticed little of this in the course of the tournament so far. The organizers only played one of his four games on Center Court, in the evening session the name Zverev was not even in the program. One may think that this is trivial, but it is not so.

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A game on the chatrier is “completely different” than on the other courts. “It’s like coming to another continent,” Zverev reported at the press conference after the 7: 6 (13:11), 7: 5, 6: 3 against BernabĂ© Zapata Miralles. In fact, the dimensions of the pitch, the wind conditions, the atmosphere and the light are clearly different from the other stadiums on the facility.

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No problem for the pros, insofar as all top players appear on the chatrier about the same number of times and the evening shifts are also distributed fairly. It is therefore understandable when Zverev says that this is not the case. “Carlos Alcaraz feels like he plays every match on the chatrier. He’s this new superstar, the new face of tennis – and it’s also nice to see something new,” said the Hamburger.

Zverev, one suspects, followed the praise with a but: “In our half, who plays when should be more divided. He has a night match for the second time in a row and I assume that the day after tomorrow for the third time so come.”

Not quite fair, because “I haven’t played a night match yet,” said the man from Hamburg, concluding that it was “obvious” “in which direction things are going and who the tournament wants to continue with. For me, that’s it It’s a shame, because I’ve played here a lot, I’m number three in the world. Sure, I haven’t won a Grand Slam tournament yet, but I would say that I’m not a bad player,” said Zverev.

On Tuesday, Zverev and Alcaraz, who defeated Karen Khachanov in three sets in the round of 16 (6: 1, 6: 4, 6: 4), will face each other in the round of eight.

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Zverev: “Tournament should do a better job”

It’s perfectly fine for him “that Rafa and Novak get what they want. But there is now a new young player who is getting a lot of attention. Rightly so, because he is an incredible talent. But I have the feeling that the other players are left out a bit. It’s not about me, it’s about the others.”

The criticism is not aimed at Alcaraz, but at the design of the game plan. “It’s nothing against him at all. I just think the tournament should do a better job,” emphasized Zverev, who clearly lost the final of the Masters in Madrid three weeks ago 3: 6, 1: 6 against Alcaraz.

He understands that the 19-year-old is currently “the new face of tennis”, Zverev continued in an exclusive interview with Eurosport: “But we have Rafa and Novak in our half and they are sent to another place so that someone else plays on Center Court – and has done so several times.”

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But what options does Zverev have in Paris to emphasize his wishes?

He could deposit these at the tournament, as Novak Djokovic says he does. “I gave that up a long time ago,” Zverev dismissed. “I’ll say I want to play during the day but I don’t think that will be noticed. But that’s also because, as far as I know, Rafa has said he doesn’t want to play in the evening anymore. It’s clear that his desires will be complied with. But that’s ok and not a problem for me.”

Nevertheless, Zverev has a wish for the tournament organizer that shouldn’t be too difficult to fulfill. It would be great “if you could also communicate with me a bit”. Does he believe in it? “It probably won’t.”

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