BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~** Broadcasters: NONE Digital: NONE*~ SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (NOVEMBER 9, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ALEXANDER ZVEREV SAYING: "I'm actually the wrong person to ask because I never take my towel ever really, especially in indoor events and stuff like that.
I think I've taken the towel one time this year, or twice this year, once in Acapulco and once in Washington where it's 120 degrees and 150 percent humidity, that's the only time I took a towel.
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(SOUNDBITE) (English) ALEXANDER ZVEREV SAYING: "I don't know, you guys should ask Next Gen guys who actually use a towel like Frances Tiafoe, who takes a towel after basically every point, (Stefanos) Tsitsipas who takes a towel after an ace or a double fault as well.
I heard Tsitsipas say it's a ballboys job, but a ballboys job is to give you the balls, that's more what I see the ballboys doing." STORY: Alexander Zverev will feel the heat in a group including world number one Novak Djokovic at the ATP Finals next week but you will not see the German reaching for his towel.
The 21-year-old is a rarity on the men's Tour where it now seems the majority of players towel down after virtually every point, sometimes after a rally lasting one shot.
The sight of ball boys or girls scurrying around to deliver sweaty towels on command to ratty players is not an edifying one and has become a bone of contention in the sport.
This week at the Next Gen Finals in Milan, players have been forced to fetch their own towels from boxes stationed in the corners of the court and while it might be a shock to the system for some, Zverev suggests it is about time.
While Zverev does not support many of the new innovations at the Next Gen Finals -- a tournament for the best players aged 21 and under and which he skipped to play at the ATP Finals in London, he says towel rails or boxes could be a benefit.
Last year on his London debut Zverev failed to survive the group stage.