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“Zero tolerance” – organiser considers withdrawing Zverev from Berlin tournament

Tennis player Alexander Zverev

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The organiser of an exhibition tennis tournament in Berlin said on Friday he is considering withdrawing Alexander Zverev from the line-up. Moreover, he has insisted there would be “zero tolerance” if the German does play, but again ignores social distancing guidelines.

Zverev took part in last month’s exhibition event in Serbia organised by Novak Djokovic, who last week tested positive for COVID-19 along with Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki.

Although Zverev tested negative, he vowed to self isolate but was purportedly filmed at a busy bar last weekend

The competition’s boss Edwin Weindorfer is considering refusing to allow him to play.

“I could say ‘Sascha (Zverev), I take your behaviour as a breach of contract’. I have not yet decided,” Weindorfer told Munich-based newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. “The second option is that I say: ‘Sascha, you will get another chance from us, but here (in Berlin) you have very clear rules of conduct’.”

Weindorfer said he is in talks with the management of Zverev. However, any player caught partying in the German capital can expect to be kicked out of the tournament.

“We have zero tolerance. If a player misbehaves and thinks they can party that week, we will remove that player,” Weindorfer insisted.

Source: France24

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