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Alexander Zverev and Jannik Sinner - Wimbledon 2023

Alexander Zverev unhappy with Jannik Sinner receiving preferential scheduling by Wimbledon


Alexander Zverev has voiced his disappointment at Wimbledon’s scheduling this year, claiming there ‘were other names who have achieved more in tennis than Jannik Sinner’, who was able to complete his first two matches under a roof.

Zverev has been one of those most affected by the rain delay, with the former No.2 having to play his opening three matches in consecutive days

“I like Jannik very much – as a person and as a player,” said Zverev. “He’s an incredible player and will still win a lot. But there were other names in the draw who hadn’t played the first round yet. Like Matteo Berrettini who was already in the final here, or me. I don’t know if Jannik has to be put on a court with a roof for a second-round match.”

Zverev continued, “There were other names who have achieved more in tennis than Jannik. I think they had options there. There is a reason why a Grand Slam tournament lasts two weeks, because we need breaks between the best-of-five matches. Breaks that I won‚Äôt have in the next few days. Looking ahead to the second week, that‚Äôs definitely not an advantage physically.”

The German made these comments prior to his straight sets defeat to 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini yesterday evening.

In contrast, Sinner awaits his fourth round match later today against world No.85 Daniel Elahi Galan on Court No.1.

Alexander Zverev and Jannik Sinner’s Wimbledon scheduling differentials

With Zverev making the complaint about the scheduling choices by Wimbledon, we at Tennishead wanted to delve into just how different it has been for the two players:

Alexander Zverev

Best Wimbledon Result: Fourth Round (2017 & 2021)

First Round vs Gijs Brouwer

Tuesday 4th July – Court No.3 (No roof) – Cancelled due to bad weather

Wednesday 5th July – Court No.2 (No roof) – Cancelled due to darkness

Thursday 6th July – Court No.1 (Roof) – Won, 6-4 7-6(4) 7-6(5)

Second Round vs Yosuke Watanuki 

Friday 7th July – Court No.2 (No roof) – Won, 6-4 5-7 6-2 6-2

Third Round vs Matteo Berrettini

Saturday 8th July – Court No.1 (Roof) – Lost, 3-6 6(4)-7 6(5)-7

 

Jannik Sinner 

Best Wimbledon Result: Quarter-final (2022)

First Round vs Juan Manuel Cerundolo 

Monday 3rd July – Centre Court (Roof) – Won, 6-2 6-2 6-2

Second Round vs Diego Schwartzman 

Wednesday 5th July – Court No.1 (Roof) – Won, 7-5 6-1 6-2

Third Round vs Quentin Halys

Friday 7th July – Court No.3 (No roof) – Won, 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.