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Zverev could be banned

It has been asked on many an occasion over the past few weeks – what punishment will be handed down on those who break the Covid-19 safety regulations at a tournament?

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

No answers have been forthcoming, but one event organiser has declared that there would be ‘zero tolerance’ for any player who does ignore social distancing guidelines at his exhibition tournament in Berlin.

Edwin Weindorfer told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that he was considering withdrawing his invitation to Alexander Zverev following his recent appearance in a busy bar in southern France having told the world he would ‘self-isolate’ despite being tested negative following his involvement in the Adria Tour.

“I could say ‘Sascha (Zverev), I take your behaviour as a breach of contract’. I have not yet decided,” he said and admitted he was in talks with the player’s management team.

“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'”.

He then went on to state that 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.

Berlin’s senate has approved the hygiene concept for the tournament, which will first be played on grass, then on hard court after a day’s break with 1,000 allowed to attend the grass-court aspect at the Steffi Graf Stadium, while another 300 will be admitted into the hard court element at the city’s Tempelhof airport.

“There will be no player party, no children’s (coaching) clinic, no events programme, it’s all been crossed off,” Weindorfer affirmed in conclusion.

Zverev’s actions were slammed by Nick Kyrgios who accused him of being ‘selfish’. The Australian has been critical of players who attended the Adria Tour and his public statements will no doubt cause friction with those he has condemned when the tour gets back under way.

As Kyrgios and Zverev are both scheduled to play in the Aces exhibition tournament from July 13-19 with world-number three Dominic Thiem (another Adria Tour contestant) one could expect fireworks on court!

Tournament director Edwin Weindorfer pictured on right with Roger Federer in Stuttgart last year.

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