New York (AP) – When Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem met after the five-sentence thriller of the US Open final and fell into each other’s arms, they violated applicable hygiene regulations.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the otherwise mandatory handshakes on the net were banned after the matches, instead the players were hitting their tennis rackets against each other. But after the 6: 2, 6: 4, 4: 6, 3: 6, 6: 7 (6: 8) defeat in New York, Zverev went to the other side of the field and hugged his mate.
“Well, we’re really good friends. We have a long-standing friendship and rivalry. I think we both tested negative maybe 14 times. We just wanted to share this moment,” said new US Open champion Thiem. “I don’t think we put anyone in danger, so that was okay.”