German tennis star Alexander Zverev insists he loves Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal but underlined that they won’t be active forever.
Federer, 40, underwent two knee surgeries last year but made a comeback to the Tour this past March.
Unfortunately, Federer announced a third knee surgery this month.
On the other side, Nadal also announced his withdrawal from the rest of the season as he is dealing with a persistent foot injury.
Novak Djokovic is the only Big Three member that will play at the US Open.
“We love them, but at some point, Roger and Rafa have to retire. Some other tournaments showed that we have entertaining matches that people are looking forward to – Medvedev, Tsitsipas, myself, Rublev, Berrettini,” Zverev said, per Sasa Ozmo.
Zverev denies the domestic violence allegations
Zverev was accused by ex-girlfriend Olya Sharypova of domestic violce.
“I’ve always said that the allegations were untrue. The court confirmed it. There is nothing more that I can say,” Zverev said.
In a follow-up question, Zverev said: “My statement is very clear, there is nothing more I can say.”
Before his pre-tournament press conference at the US Open, Zverev released a statement.
This week, an article published on Slate detailed how Zverev allegedly abused his ex-girlfriend.
Zverev took a legal action against the source and the author of the article.
“I have engaged my German and American lawyers in the matter,” Zverev said a statement posted on his Twitter.
“They have already obtained a preliminary injunction against the source and the author who published the false allegations. The court followed our arguments and states, the accusations aroused are defamatory and false. The lawyers have therefore initiated further proceedings against the source and the author.
“I categorically and unequivocally deny having abused Olya. I also fully support the creation of an ATP domestic violence policy. I will not address this matter any further.”