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Alexander Zverev unhappy with Taylor Fritz’s Wimbledon box as girlfriend has curious Instagram post

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Alexander Zverev and Taylor Fritz had somewhat of a tense handshake at Wimbledon, and an explanation is starting to emerge.

Fritz, the 26-year-old American, rebounded from losing the first two sets Monday to come back and beat Zverev and make it to the quarterfinal of the major.

After the match, Zverev admitted that he had been frustrated with members of Fritz’s box, who “may not be from the tennis world.”

Taylor Fritz of the United States (right) greets at the net with Alexander Zverev of Germany (left) after their match on day eight of The Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports
Morgan Riddle celebrates from the Player’s Box as Taylor Fritz of United States celebrates victory against Alexander Zverev of Germany in the Gentlemen’s Singles fourth round match during day eight of The Championships Wimbledon 2024 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 08, 2024 in London, England. Getty Images

In an on-court interview after his comeback, Fritz was asked about the tense handshake.

“It’s all good,” Fritz said, noting that Zverev thought Fritz’s circle was being insensitive about an injury.

“He, with his knee, it felt like in the fifth set he wasn’t moving as well. I just wished him the best.”

Fritz’s girlfriend, Morgan Riddle, alluded to cheering loudly for her boyfriend in a post on her Instagram story after the match.

Morgan Riddle celebrated Taylor Fritz’s win over Alexander Zverev on Instagram. Instagram / Morgan Riddle
Taylor Fritz, left, kisses his girlfriend Morgan Riddle after defeating Miomir Kecmanovic, of Serbia, during the final match at the Delray Beach Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023, in Delray Beach, Fla. AP

In one slide, Riddle posted a photo of the court with the caption, “Cheer loud ladies.”

Riddle posted a second slide in which she was dancing and sipping a drink, with the caption, “When ur mans wins for the girls.”

Previously in the on-court interview, Fritz was asked about the support of the team around him in his box, and answered it with a deadpan joke.

Taylor Fritz, left,holds the trophy as he poses with his girlfriend Morgan Riddle after defeating Miomir Kecmanovic, of Serbia, during the final match at the Delray Beach Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023, in Delray Beach, Fla.
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“My team has always given me so much support and love, but I mean most of the time I was looking up to them I was complaining about something,” Fritz laughed.

“But I mean it’s great to have them here, and this week or two we’ve been at Wimbledon it’s been a great team experience.”

Fritz plays Italian Lorenzo Musetti in the quarterfinal on Wednesday.

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