- Alexander Zverev has denied that he cheated using his phone during his defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP finals in London on Wednesday.
- The 22-year-old was seen on on the Tennis Channel, appears to be using a phone apparently hidden away in his bag during the second set.
- The ATP prohibits the use of unauthorized electronic court devices to prevent match-fixing and coaching.
- "I don't know what they saw, but it was definitely not a phone," Zverev said, according to the BBC.
- Using a phone in court can be considered a "corruption event" under ATP rules, which carries a maximum fine.
- Update: ATP has confirmed there was no violation of the regulations.
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Alexander Zverev says that did not use his phone to cheat during his defeat by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final ATP in London on Wednesday.
Footage captured by the Tennis Channel during the match appeared to show the 22-year-old scrolling through his phone, which was hidden in his bag, during a change in second set. from his loss 6-3, 6-2.
̵1; Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) November 13, 2019
ATP prohibits the use of unauthorized electronic devices on the court to prevent matches and court coaching.
"I don't know what they saw, but it's definitely not a phone," Zverev told reporters after the match when asked about the incident, the BBC reported. "My phone was in the locker room. I always leave it there."
question exactly what he played in his bag, he replied, "I mean, a water bottle? Maybe an empty water bottle?"
Using electronic devices on a vessel, depending on the type of activity, can be considered "corruption offense" under ATP rules. That carries a maximum fine of $ 250,000 plus all court revenue and a three-year ban.
Update: ATP confirmed that there was no violation of the provisions.
Then Zverev takes on Danil Medvedev on Thursday, where a win will be enough to seal his place in the last four tournaments.
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