World No. 1 Novak Djokovic reveals he spoke with Alexander Zverev after the Madrid final and agreed with him that going to bed at around 4 or 5 am in the morning was unacceptable.
Zverev finished his Madrid quarterfinal match versus Felix Auger-Aliassime at around 1am on Saturday.
Zverev’s semifinal match versus Stefanos Tsitsipas was scheduled to start at 8pm Saturday evening but it started at around 11pm and finished around two hours later.
Two late matches took a toll on Zverev, who was crushed by Carlos Alcaraz in the Madrid final as he lost 6-3 6-1.
“I spoke with Zverev about orders of play and he told me about Madrid. I agree with him, also if I understand that tournaments have deal with TV and that they want to sell tickets. ATP Player council can’t do much about that, so players speak with media for a change,” Djokovic said, per Lorenzo Ercoli.
#Djokovic: “I spoke with #Zverev about orders of play and he told me about Madrid. I agree with him, also if I understand that tournaments have deal with TV and that they want to sell tickets. ATP Player council can’t do much about that, so players speak with media for a change” pic.twitter.com/s84dg5xNVM
— Lorenzo Ercoli (@Ladal17) May 10, 2022
Zverev ripped the ATP
After easily losing the Madrid final, Zverev ripped the ATP for a “poor job” they were doing throughout the Madrid tournament.
“The ATP’s job was an absolute disgrace this week. Two days ago I went to bed at 4:00, 4:30 am. Yesterday I went to bed at 5:20 am,” Zverev said after the Madrid final.
“You know, if any normal person goes to bed one night at 4am, the next night at 5am, it will be a tough time just to be awake for them. And for me to play a final against Alcaraz, who for me is the best player in the world right now, in a M1000 event, the next day, it is tough.
“I had no coordination today. I had no coordination on my serve, I had no coordination on my groundstrokes. I missed two overheads that were super easy because I see the ball, and everything is moving in my eyes.”