Zverev blames ‘su­per­sti­tion’ for ‘ridicu­lous’ use of tow­els

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Alexan­der Zverev weighed in on the de­bate about play­ers’ use of tow­els yes­ter­day, say­ing those who wipe down af­ter ev­ery point are “ridicu­lous” and do it for su­per­sti­tion, not sweat.

There has been much dis­cus­sion at the Shang­hai Masters this week about the is­sue af­ter Fer­nando Ver­dasco be­rated a ball boy at the Shen­zhen Open for fail­ing to bring his towel fast enough. Roger Fed­erer told re­porters in Shang­hai ear­lier this week that ball boys and girls – who are un­paid vol­un­teers – should be given as much re­spect as any­one else.

There have been calls for towel rails to be placed at the back of courts so ball kids do not have to bring the sweaty tow­els to play­ers ev­ery few min­utes, when they wipe their faces and hands be­tween points. That sys­tem will be tried out at the Next Gen ATP Fi­nals in Mi­lan next month. “There are some play­ers – some Amer­i­can play­ers, some other play­ers – that go for the towel lit­er­ally af­ter ev­ery sin­gle point,” said the 21-year-old Ger­man prodigy Zverev. “That’s a bit ridicu­lous, in my per­spec­tive. “You serve an ace or a dou­ble fault, or your op­po­nent serves an ace, and the poor ball kid has to keep run­ning for the towel just be­cause it’s a su­per­sti­tion and it’s not a use be­cause you’re sweat­ing too much or some­thing like that.

“I mean, some play­ers lit­er­ally use it as su­per­sti­tion. That’s not the pur­pose for it.”

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