German professional tennis player, Alexander Zverev, ranked in the world’s top ten, has denied reports of using his phone illegally during his ATP finals round-robin defeat, to Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, at London's O2 Arena.
After his 6-3, 6-2 defeat to Tsitsipas, ranked number five in the world, on Wednesday November 13th, Zverev was asked about the incident, during a press conference, while he denied the reports.
According to the rules of the ATP, players cannot access any electronic devices during matches.
AFP reported that TV footage which circulated on social media, appeared to show Zverev touching something in his bag at a changeover during the match.
The 22-year-old, Zverev insisted that he did not have his phone with him on court.
"My phone was in the locker room," Zverev told the press conference.
The German player confirmed he always leaves his phone there, in the locker room.
“I don't know what they saw, but it was definitely not a phone," he added.
The player said that he was touching a water bottle, or an empty water bottle, but it was not his phone.
Zverev beat the world’s number one, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, earlier in the week, but his comprehensive defeat by Tsitsipas, leaves his tournament hopes in the balance, ahead of his final group match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, ranked world number four, on Friday November 15th.