Dominic Thiem defended Alexander Zverev, saying that the German tennis star made a mistake but shouldn’t have been criticised the way he was from all quarters.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Zverev was seen partying in Monte Carlo despite promising to quarantine himself after the Adria Tour debacle
  • Zverev’s test result for Covid-19 was negative unlike Djokovic and 3 others who played in the charity event
  • Zverev faced flak from entire tennis fraternity with Nick Kyrgios even calling him selfish in a video

Dominic Thiem has come out in support of colleague Alexander Zverev after the young German tennis star’s partying video went viral on social media last month.

Zverev had promised to go into self-isolation after playing in the ill-fated Adria Tour even though his test result for Covid-19 came out to be negative unlike Novak Djokovic, Girgor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Victor Troicki.

Zverev had even apologised on social media for playing in the Novak Djokovic-organised exhibition event in Belgrade and Zadar. But the 26-year-old was later seen partying at a private club in Monte Carlo at a time he should have been in quarantine.

Thiem however, defended Zverev saying that he did make a mistake but shouldn’t have been criticised the way he was from all quarters.

“He should have done it like me. He was also tested negatively, only his mistake was that he first wrote the statement and then had the bad luck of being filmed at the party.

“But I don’t like the way people criticize him. He is treated as if he were an elementary school child. But he’s a 23-year-old man. Sure, he made a mistake but I don’t understand why everyone is getting involved.” Thiem was quoted as saying by German daily Tiroler Tageszeitung.

The entire tennis fraternity lashed out at Zverev for breaking his promise of self-isolation with the mercurial Nick Kyrgios even putting out a video in which he called Zverev selfish for risking other people’s lives.

Thiem has now hit back at Kyrgios and asked the Australian to mend his ways first before criticising others for their acts.

“Kyrgios has built a lot of nonsense himself. I understand even less when he interferes with everything. It would be better if he came to terms with himself rather than always criticizing others.” said world No.3 Thiem.

At a time when social distancing has become a norm, the event organised in the Balkan region by Djokovic saw packed stands, players hugging, basketball matches and fist-pumping, kids’ day programs and players partying at a club as if it was pre-Covid-19 times.

The second leg of the Adria was cancelled before the final match on June 21 while the final leg in Bosnia was called off after the positive Covid-19 test results came out.

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