Alexander Zverev wrote titles especially on the tennis court. The dispute with the former manager has strained him, he admitted. But in time for the US Open he tidied up his environment. And he puts the idol.
On his return to the old power, Alexander Zverev puts his biggest guild in charge. Almost by chance, the best German tennis player announced shortly before the US Open that he would be looked after by the Team 8 agency, which included no less than Roger Federer.
Now, Federer will not take care of Zverev from now on since both are still rivals. But the fact that Zverev has joined the renowned agency of the Basel-based company and its well-connected agent Tony Godsick, indicates that the 22-year-old is in the process of reorganizing his somewhat out-of-community environment.
"Now I can finally concentrate on tennis again," Zverev says before his first-round match in New York against Radu Albot of the Republic of Moldova. The dispute with his longtime manager Patricio Apey is still unclear. "There is currently no solution in sight in the other matter. But now someone else can take care of me, I have more time for myself," Zverev said – and there was a lot of relief in his words.
Former player Boris Becker praised the decision: "I think this is good news. This is definitely the first step in the right direction," Becker, a friend of the Zverev family, told Eurosport TV.
That Zverev solved the problems on the ground, he even more sincerely admitted to his native Hamburg, New York. "It was a big distraction. I had to do a lot of things I didn't care about before." He added to that separation from his coach, Ivan Lendl, with whom the chemistry had been wrong since at least the first round at Wimbledon.
Best moment in recent months? «My dog became a father»
Now Zverev is back to work with his father and has explained the search for an additional coach once he is done. "An attempt with another coach failed. I mean, I won the ATP Final in London, one of the biggest tournaments in the world. But I'm not watching right now. "
Two important decisions beyond the tennis court were clarified. You can tell Zverev these days from New York that he feels a little relieved. On Kids Day on weekends, he joked with reporters as much as he did on media day. "My dog became a father," he proudly proclaimed his best moment in the busy and unsuccessful past months.
Wilander: "The current phase is not a disaster"
Now it is important to bring a new looseness and place, because at last Zverev was much in trouble. Especially the serving, in fact the weapon, no longer worked. In the early end in Cincinnati, he made a whopping 20 double errors against Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic. "I'm almost two meters and then something like that. It doesn't work at all," Zverev admitted.
Obviously, the number six in the world has a mental problem here, which he hopes will be able to fit in with environmental cleanup. And completely, Zverev did not lose confidence. "It's not like I forgot to play tennis. I don't think I'm in an incredible hole," he said in New York.
The support comes from old master Mats Wilander. "It's normal for a small experiment to come at some point in a young career," says Swedish portal "equilibreplus.com", the current phase is "without disaster". Former Davis Cup German team boss Niki Pilic also believes in Zverev. "He has so much talent. What he lacks at the moment is confidence. When he returns, he will play successfully again."