Alexander Zverev did not appreciate that Frances Tiafoe took a 12-minute toilet break after the third set during their second round match on Thursday at the US Open. The German said: "I do not know what you can do on the water for such a long time.
I do not know why younger players do it. Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal) do not do it." Last year Zverev had criticized towel use claiming it is too exaggerated. "I mean, some players literally use it as a superstition.
Some players - especially Americans - ask for it after every single point." Comparing his followers on Twitter to Stefanos Tsitsipas's, Zverev wrote: "I don't have that many followers yet, so please click the 'subscribe' button."
Through his official Twitter account the former top ten player Nicolas Almagro commented on this year's Wimbledon final umpire Damian Steiner being fired by ATP for giving unauthorized interviews. Damian umpired the epic championship clash between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Almagro wrote: "Today I want to have some words for a person that spent a lot of time for tennis in an amazing and unique way and reached his peak by umpiring the Wimbledon final. An umpire loved and respected by the Tour for his ability to do things both on and off the court, which some people now have totally forgotten.
For me it was a pleasure to have you on the chair, we always respected each other as persons despite sometimes we argued. In life everyone makes mistakes, who more and who less. I understand the ATP rulebook but I am so sad for it.
For me Damian will always be a great person off the court and umpire who we all wanted to have as players!"