Alexander Zverev has owned up to a total lack of social awareness over the summer,  with the ATP No. 7 admitting he acted irresponsibly after testing positive for COVID-19.

The player who exited this week’s “Cincinnati” Masters in the second round to Andy Murray confessed to German media: “I made a huge mistake and of course I can understand people (and their criticism).

Zverev competed during last June June in Novak Djokovic’s Adria tour of the Balkans, which produced multiple positive virus tests, including player Grigor Dimitrov and Djokovic himself.

But instead of isolating at home in the comfort of Monte Carlo as per doctor’s orders, Zverev was seen out partying one weekend in the south of France; he later skipped a Berlin exhibition where he had been slated as one of the main draw cards.

While Zverev was never positive for COVID, his actions marked him as a tennis “covidiot” in the midst of the global pandemic.

“Of course it (his behaviour) wasn’t the smartest thing in the world,” he said in New York (quarantined venue for the current US tennis swing).


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