Zaverev says French Open organizers are in favor of Alcaraz

Alexander Zverev French Open

Alexander Zaverev of Germany reacts during the men’s singles match against Spain’s Bernabe Japata Mirales in the eight-day men’s singles match of the Roland-Garos Open tennis tournament on the court Suzanne-Langlein in Paris on May 29, 2022. (Photo by Christoph Archambalt)

World number three Alexander Zaverev has criticized the organizers of the French Open for demanding that he lift Spanish teen star Carlos Alcaraz, his quarter-final opponent at the Roland Garros on Tuesday.

Compared to Alcarez, 25-year-old Zverev Roland Garros’ showpiece Philippe Chatria is unhappy not getting a match on the court, which has a retractable roof.

The Germans believe the organizers have put him in trouble ahead of the quarter-finals in just one of his four matches at Chatterjee so far.

“I have played once in Chatterjee, (world number one Novak) Djokovic has played twice, (Rafael) Nadal has played three times like Alcaraz,” Zavrev told German media after the last-16 win over Japata Mirales in Bernabe, Spain.

“Of course, he’s good to see new superstars, new faces in tennis and something new, but we should be more divided on who is playing when and where in our half draw.”

Incumbent Olympic champion Zverev described the game at the Paris Chatriar as “completely different” from other courts. “It’s like playing on another continent.”

Zverev said he was not worried if the organizers would give priority to defending French Open champion Djokovic and 13-time Roland Garros winner Nadal.

“It’s clear, and right, Rafa and Novak get what they want,” Zverev said.

“Now a new and young player has arrived that deserves a lot of attention, but I feel that other players are being ignored.”

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