Alexander Zverev denies using phone during match

Updated: Nov 15, 2019, 10:37 IST | AFP | London

TV footage that circulated on social media appeared to show Alexander Zverev touching something in his bag at a changeover during the match

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates victory against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their men's singles round-robin match on day four of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 13. Pic/ AFP
Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates victory against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their men's singles round-robin match on day four of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 13. Pic/ AFP

London: Alexander Zverev denied he was using his phone illegally during his ATP Finals round-robin defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas at London's O2 Arena. The defending champion was asked about the incident during the post-match press conference following his 6-3, 6-2 defeat on Wednesday. TV footage that circulated on social media appeared to show him touching something in his bag at a changeover during the match.

Rules state players cannot access any electronic devices during matches. But Zverev, 22, insisted he did not have his phone with him on court. "My phone was in the locker room," he said. "I always leave it there. I don't know what they saw, but it was definitely not a phone." When asked what he might have been touching in his bag, the German said: "I mean, a water bottle? Empty water bottle maybe?" The ATP Tour backed Zverev and said there "has been no breach of ATP rules".

Zverev beat Rafael Nadal earlier in the week but his comprehensive defeat by Tsitsipas leaves his tournament hopes in the balance ahead of his final group match against Daniil Medvedev on Friday.

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