Alexander Zverev was one of all those players who played at the Adria tour. Luckily he was not tested positive, but as of now, where he was supposed to be in self-isolation, he was seen partying in a video that went viral.
Following this, Barbara Ritter, the head of women’s tennis in Germany spoke to ZDF magazine and said that ‘Zverev will need to ensure that he abides by all rules if he plays the exhibition event scheduled in mid-July in Berlin.’
“I am not responsible for whether Sascha Zverev, should be punished on this. I think he is punishing himself with a loss of image because this makes him unbelievable,” Rittner commented.
In order to ensure their actions do not push them from taking part in upcoming tennis tournaments, the players need to behave more responsibly, says 47-year-old Rittner mainly pointing the World No.7.
“We will not rule it out, but he will be tested again today and then go into isolation and exercise in peace, I hope. He has to stick to the rules with us. You won’t see him with party pictures in Berlin. If he did that, we would exclude him.” Rittner further said.
The exhibition event featuring 6 men and 6 women at the Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin, will be held from July 13th to July 15th. Only 1000 spectators have been allowed to attend the event.
“This causes everything to wobble, the tournaments are becoming more and more questionable now. And if we have positive cases, the whole construct will collapse,” she added.
It will be followed by another exhibition event from July 17th to 19th, which will only allow 220 visitors.
Barbara Rittner is a retired tennis player who was world No.24 in 1993. As of now, she is also the Capitan of the German Fed Up Team.