LONDON (England) – The German tennis player Alexander Zverev denied having used the phone illegally during the game lost to London's ATP Finals against Stefanos Tsitsipas. The defending champion was asked about the matter during the press conference after the match, finished 6-3, 6-2 yesterday. The television images that circulated on the social media they seemed to show him as he touched something in his bag during a pause in the challenge. The rules state that players cannot access any electronic devices during games.
Zverev: "Maybe I touched a bottle"
Zverev, 22, insisted however that he did not have a cell phone with him in the field: "My phone was in the locker room – said the German – I always leave it there. I don't know what they saw, but surely it wasn't a phone". When asked what he could have touched in his bag, the German said: "I mean, a bottle of water? Maybe an empty water bottle?". Zverev has beaten Rafael Nadal at the beginning of the week, but his knockout against Tsitsipas leaves his hopes of qualifying in the balance, ahead of the last group match against Daniil Medvedev, scheduled for tomorrow.