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Alexander Zverev blasts Taylor Fritz's entourage in 'over the top' Wimbledon rant

Alexander Zverev has hit out at Taylor Fritz’s entourage and accused them of being “over the top” during their epic five-set battle on Centre Court. Fritz came from two sets down to win 4-6, 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-3 and progress to the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

Zverev held Fritz for a tense lengthy chat at the net following the conclusion of their match.

Fritz initially played down the heated discussion in his on-court interview but Zverev did not hold back when he entered his press conference.

“Me and Taylor, we grew up together, playing each other since juniors. I think it was fairly obvious that I wasn’t 100% today, right? I wasn’t moving really the entire match. I wasn’t running for dropshots. If I was running for a dropshot, I was limping there more than running,” Zverev began.

“Towards the end, I mean, I thought from the fourth and fifth set, I was really struggling to serve, as well, to jump off on my leg, to create some power.

“His team is extremely respectful. I think his coach, his physio, also his second coach, they’re extremely respectful. I think there’s some other people that maybe are in the box that are not maybe from the tennis world, that are not maybe from particularly watching every single match. They were a bit over the top.

“That’s okay. No issues. No drama. He fought back from two sets to love, so they’re obviously all excited, very pumped up, yeah.

“But no issues with Taylor. I think Taylor is a great guy. I have absolutely no issues with him.”

Zverev started the match wearing a grey knee brace similar to Novak Djokovic’s.

And he claimed to have had an MRI scan the day before stepping onto the court to face Fritz.

“I mean, I know what it is. I did an MRI yesterday. I have a bone edema in my knee, then I have also a tear in my capsule in my knee. That came from the fall. That came from the match against Norrie,” Zverev explained.

“Bone edema, bone bruising, whatever. I don’t know the terms in English, to be honest. Something with the bone.

“So it is quite painful for that period of time. It is nothing that I need surgery on. It is nothing that doesn’t heal by itself. It just needs time.

“I do know that also I had a great opportunity here at Wimbledon. I didn’t want to pull out. Yesterday I couldn’t practice at all. Yesterday I couldn’t walk even. Today I felt much, much better. That’s why I did try to play.

“I also knew I did have a great opportunity this year at Wimbledon. It’s the best I’ve probably ever felt on the Wimbledon courts, the best maybe I’ve ever played here. I definitely didn’t want to go out without fighting.

“At the same time I was limited. It is how it is. I’m still proud of what I could do today. I think I got the maximum out of it, of what I could do. That’s okay, as well.”


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