Alexander Zverev has called out the ATP for special lenient treatment given to the world Top 3 during quarantine for Friday’s Adelaide exhibition but has few other complaints about how Australia’s strict tennis quarantine period was handled.
“Tennis Australia is doing the best job that they can,” the German said on Saturday as he prepared for the ATP Cup start. in Melbourne.
“The only thing that players can complain about, in my opinion, is maybe the Adelaide preparation.
“Apart from that, I don’t think anybody should really say anything.”
The ATP and WTA elites underwent a “relaxed” 14-day quarantine in Adelaide as part of a deal between Victoria and South Australia to handle lockdown overflow.
The exhibition was payback for the favour from Adelaide government officials.
The seventh-ranked Zverev said that his Melbourne isolation was tolerable, with five hours per day out of the hotel room for training in a country where COVID is nearly extinct.
“I know there’s been complaints about the strict rules with the 14-day quarantine that we had. But we need to understand in what situation we live in right now.
“We need to understand what country we’re in, there’s no COVID cases apart from us tennis players.
“We need to respect the people. We need to respect the government in a way that they’ve done a fantastic job of keeping COVID out.
I don’t think anybody in the country, the spectators, wants the Australian Open to happen and be in lockdown for six months again.
“That’s not something the people want.”