But that’s not the reason the 25-year-old is tired of night shifts. Zverev is much more annoyed that night surgeries have now become a regular phenomenon. The poison is for the biorhythm, for adequate recovery phases and equal opportunities.
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This is what it looks like Markus Zoecke in an interview with Eurosport.de. The former top 50 professional talks about an “imposition” in light of the extremely late fighting times. You feel like you have been “shot by the wolf” when you have to return to the field just half a day after playing games at night.
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“During a game, you are full of adrenaline, so you do not fall asleep immediately when you lie down. After a match, there are still press appointments, massages and the way back to the hotel,” the 53-year-old explains. -old.
Zoecke, who won the ATP tournament in Sun City, South Africa in 1994 and also served for the German Davis Cup team, has fond memories of matches that lasted late into the evening. “I always liked playing in the Night Session, even if it took a long time. But those were other times, it happened to me maybe three times in ten years.”
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“The fact that the match with Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals is not scheduled until 20:00 and then Zverev against Auger-Aliassime is not possible. It is far too late,” complains Zoecke. “If you then have the next match in the late afternoon, it feels like a match in the morning – and we know Sascha is not a morning person.”
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Zverev himself admitted that the fatigue factor plays a big role. “Two days ago I went to bed at four-thirty, the next day, at 5.20. If you stay up that long, you’re dead the next day.”
For comparison: Alcaraz finished the work at 18.45 in the quarter-final cup against Rafael Nadal and at 20.05 in the semi-final victory against Novak Djokovic. But even the champion of Madrid was sometimes late on his feet. In the start against Nikoloz Basilashvili, Alcaraz was on the field until after midnight.
Zoecke suggests changes: “You have to discuss it”
Such times, Zverev claimed, also hurt the tournaments and the sport itself. “I’m sorry for the final we played. It could have been a very good match, a fantastic match,” said the man from Hamburg. Due to the wild early days of the last few days, it was not possible for him to “play his level”. He had “no coordination on the serve and the basics”. “I had absolutely no chance of being myself.”
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Zoecke can understand the descriptions of the German number one. It is necessary to respond. “You have to discuss how to prevent this problem. But it’s not like you can just decide to let everything happen earlier in the day. The situation is more complex. The television with its contracts and broadcast times dictates a lot in this respect. ” Emphasizes the former world number 48.
Nevertheless, there will be movement in the matter when stars like Zverev go public with such massive criticism. One thing seems certain: ATP can no longer sit out on the subject.
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