Alexander Zverev wasn’t the only tennis star living it up at a restaurant in Monaco over the weekend.
Zverev was widely condemned by the tennis world after videos emerged of the World No.7 partying with pals when he was supposed to be in self-isolation.
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The German star took part in Novak Djokovic’s ill-fated Adria Tour, where Djokovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki all tested positive for coronavirus.
Zverev was lucky enough to escape contracting the virus, but assured fans he’d be self-isolating for 14 days as a precaution.
So it was particularly shocking to see him out and about at a packed bar just a week later.
As it turns out, French player Lucas Pouille was also in attendance.
While there’s no suggestion the World No.58 was doing anything wrong, US Open organisers might not be too happy to see him living it up during the pandemic.
The US Open is scheduled to go ahead from August 31, but there’s huge doubt about the participation of a number of big-name stars.
Aside from the general public, Zverev's breaking of self-isolation also potentially is bad news for other tennis players, as Lucas Pouille (one of the players playing UTS nearby) appears to have also been at this Sunday shindig. https://t.co/v7DYQLG3jI— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) June 28, 2020
And if I‘m right, Lucas Pouille has been to the same party. Well done, Tennis. pic.twitter.com/UwWxFxLWZe— Simon Häring (@_shaering) June 28, 2020
Nick Kyrgios leads condemnation of Zverev
Aussie star Nick Kyrgios branded Zverev ‘selfish’ after seeing the German star’s videos.
“So I wake up and I see more controversial things happening all over the world, but one that stuck out for me was seeing Zverev again man, again, again, how selfish can you be? How selfish can you be?” Kyrgios said in a video message on social media.
“I mean, if you have the audacity to put out a f***ing tweet that you made your management write on your behalf saying you are going to self isolate for 14 days and apologising to f***ing general public for putting their health at risk, at least have the audacity to stay inside for 14 days. My god.
“Have your girlfriend with you for f***ing 14 days. Jesus, man. It pisses me off. This tennis world pisses me off. How selfish can you all get?”
Zverev had previously stated his intentions to isolate.
“I have just received the news that my team and I have tested negative for COVID-19,” Zverev posted last week.
“I deeply apologise to anyone that I have potentially put at risk by playing this tour. I will proceed to follow the self-isolating guidelines advised by our doctors. As added precaution, my team and I will continue with regular testing.”
Kyrgios is increasingly becoming the voice of reason for his shut-down sport.
The Canberran initiated the tennis tours' overwhelming response to Australia's deadly summer bushfires and has been the sport's most vocal player in opposing the USTA's decision to press ahead with this year's US Open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The positive test for the top-ranked Djokovic has even led to questions being raised about how the Open can proceed, with Kyrgios repeatedly calling organisers “selfish”.