World number three Alexander Zverev has expressed that the organizers of the ongoing French Open are favouring young tennis sensation, Carlos Alcaraz. The 25-year-old isn’t happy with his lack of matches at the Philippe Chatrier court, which has a retractable roof, as compared to his opponent Alcarez. The German supposes the organisers haven’t put him in a disadvantageous position by scheduling just one of his four matches so far on Chatrier court.
“I played on Chatrier once, (Novak) Djokovic played twice, (Rafael) Nadal three times, like Alcaraz,” Zverev was quoted as saying in a report on AFP. “Sure, he’s the new superstar, the new face of tennis and it’s nice to see something new too, but in our half of the draw, it should be more divided who’s playing when and where,” the German added.
“It is clear, and rightly so, that Rafa and Novak get what they want,” said Zverev. “Now comes a new and young player who deserves a lot of attention, but I have the feeling that the other players are being ignored,” he added.
Both Zverev and Alcaraz are set to go head to head in the quarter-final of the Roland Garros on Tuesday. But nearing that tantalising fixture, the 25-year-old defeated Bernabe Zapata Miralles in the fourth round of the tournament. The German registered a 7-6(11), 7-5, 6-3 triumph. After the match, Zverev praised his Spanish opponent and also called him one of the ‘fastest guys on Tour’.
“He was driving me nuts, to be honest,” Zverev
“He was playing the best tennis of his life,” said the German in his on-court interview. “You can see how hard-working of a guy he is and how great of a guy he is, I think everybody hopes he is going to have more weeks like this and continue playing the same way because he can be a very good player, and hopefully we can see him on this court more often.”
“He was driving me nuts, to be honest,” added Zverev. “He’s one of the fastest guys on Tour, I could barely hit a winner against him. We played three sets but we played close to three hours. He’s playing incredible tennis, so if he continues playing like this I don’t see why his ranking is not going to go up even more.”