Zverev: Let’s throw in towel

The Citizen (KZN) - - SPORT - Shang­hai

– Alexan­der Zverev (above) 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.

“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.” – AFP

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