Many tennis fans were shocked by the ‘Lion’ question asked of Alexander Zverev at the 2023 French Open press conference.
On Monday, June 5, Zverev booked his place in the Roland Garros quarterfinals with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Grigor Dimitrov on Court Philippe-Chatrier. The German bounced back from a second-set breakdown to capitulate 3-0 in the third set, eventually ending the match.
A journalist asked Alexander Zverev an unusual question during the post-match press conference. The journalist congratulated Zverev on his impressive win against Dimitrov and began to ask if his fans call him ‘the lion’ because of his confidence, athleticism, good looks, or because he sleeps more.
The question put to him confused Zverev, but he maintained his professionalism while answering. The German admitted he wasn’t sure how to react and explained that fans must have nicknamed him ‘The Lion’ because of his distinctive haircut and frequent outbursts during matches.
“I don’t know how to answer that to be honest. It probably has a little bit to do with the haircut, a little bit of screaming,” Zverev said.
Tennis fans took to social media to express their confusion over Zverev’s questioning. One fan wrote that players are “boycotting” French Open press conferences because of these types of questions.
No wonder players are boycotting press conferences, the fan tweeted.
Another fan questioned why press conferences at Grand Slam events often included dreaded questions.
“Why do press conferences at Grand Slams often feature the scariest questions?” The fan tweeted.
Here are some reactions from fans:
Alexander Zverev will face Thomas Etcheverry in the French Open QF
Alexander Zverev will face Tomas Martin Etcheverry in the quarterfinals of the French Open on Wednesday, June 7. This will be the first match between the two players on tour.
Echeverri defeated Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6(8), 6-0, 6-1 to reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final.
If Zverev manages to defeat Echeverri, he will face the winner of the much-anticipated clash between Holger Rooney and Kasper Ruud.