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Zverev blames 'superstition' for 'ridiculous' use of towels

AFP  |  Shanghai 

weighed in on the debate about players' use of towels Friday, saying those who wipe down after every point are "ridiculous" and do it for superstition, not

There has been much discussion at the Masters this week about the issue after berated a ball boy at for failing to bring his fast enough.

told reporters in earlier this week that ball boys and girls -- who are unpaid volunteers -- should be given as much respect as anyone else.

There have been calls for rails to be placed at the back of courts so ball kids do not have to bring the sweaty towels to players every few minutes, when they wipe their faces and hands between points.

That system will be tried out at the Next Gen ATP Finals in next month.

"There are some players -- some American players, some other players -- that go for the literally after every single point," said the 21-year-old German prodigy Zverev.

"That's a bit ridiculous, in my perspective.

"You serve an ace or a double fault, or your opponent serves an ace, and the poor ball kid has to keep running for the towel just because it's a and it's not a use because you're sweating too much or something like that.

"I mean, some players literally use it as That's not the purpose for it.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 15:35 IST