WATCH: Alexander Zverev’s classy speech as he salutes winner Nick Kyrgios
It’s not always easy to deliver a classy speech when you have just lost, but Alexander Zverev had no problems after the Mexican Open final.
The world No 3 lost Saturday’s showpiece match in Acapulco 6-3, 6-4 as Nick Kyrgios won his first ATP Tour singles title in more than a year.
Kyrgios came in for a lot of flak during his run as Rafael Nadal accused him lacking respect during their steamy second-round clash while he was also booed by the crowd.
Zverev, though, paid tribute to the Australian during his runner-up speech.
"He's the real champion of this week."
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 3, 2019
The German also made light of Kyrgios’ lack of coaching staff, saying: “Now would be the moment to say well done to your team but, uh, you had two people there but I don’t know.
“First of all they left and second of all I don’t know what their actual job is, to be honest. So well done to them as well.”
More from Tennis365:
Emma Raducanu news: John McEnroe doubtful Brit can go far in French Open
She has had a lot of injuries so far this season.
Sergiy Stakhovsky news: Ukrainian rips into ATP’s Wimbledon decision
He’s really not happy about the decision.
Tennis365’s live scores and results centre: Follow the French Open here
Aaaaand it’s live! Follow the action from Roland Garros…
Elina Svitolina news: Ukrainian player opens up on why family is her current priority
She’s also been taking strength by looking at how Ukrainian’s are coping with war.
Tim Henman ‘really believes’ Carlos Alcaraz can win French Open, but says Rafael Nadal is favourite
Tim Henman shares his thoughts on the 2022 French Open favourites.
Emma Raducanu admits French Open was ‘thrown into question’, but ready to ‘enjoy’ herself at Roland Garros
Emma Raducanu fit and ready to rumble at Roland Garros.
Exclusive – Former British No 1 insists Novak Djokovic deserves more respect
Novak Djokovic deserves equal billing alongside Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Wimbledon ranking points decision sparking angry reaction from players
The decision to strip ranking points from Wimbledon has been criticiced by some players.
Carlos Alcaraz ‘a different person’ as he prepares for second French Open
Carlos Alcaraz heads into the French Open among the favourites.
Cameron Norrie wins Lyon Open for fourth career title
Cameron Norrie claims his fourth career title in Lyon.