New York (dpa) – On his return to ancient strength, Alexander Zverev relies on his largest guild. Almost coincidentally, the best German tennis player announced shortly before the US Open that he would be looked after by the Team 8 agency, which included none other 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 Swiss agency and the well-connected agent Tony Godsick, shows that the 22-year-old is in the process of reorganizing his somewhat outside common environment.
"Now I can finally focus on tennis again," Zverev said ahead of his New York first round match against Radu Albot of Moldova on Tuesday. The dispute with his longtime manager Patricia Apey is still unclear. "There is currently no solution in the second case, but now someone else can take care of me. I have more time for myself," Zverev said, and his words sounded much easier.
Tennis legend Boris Becker also praised the decision: "I think this is good news, which 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. There were a lot of things I had to do that I didn't care about before." This was further compounded by the separation of his coach, Ivan Lendl, with the chemistry at least that the first round at Wimbledon is no longer true.
Now Zverev is back to work with his father and has explained the search for an additional coach once he is done. "Trying with another coach didn't work out. 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 finest moment in the hectic and unsuccessful past months.
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 is not possible," 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. "Not that 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 is normal for a small outing to occur at some point in your young career," the Swede said on Monday at equilibreplus.com, the current phase is "without disaster." Former Davis Cup German team boss Niki Pilic also believes in Zverev. What he lacks at the moment is confidence, and when he returns, he will play successfully again, ”said Pilic of the German Press Agency.