Biot (dpa) – Germany’s top tennis professional, Alexander Zverev, has won his first game since the controversial Adria tour and his cancellation for the show tournament in Berlin.
The 23-year-old from Hamburg won 3: 2 (11:10, 15:14, 12:14, 11:14, 2: 1) against Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime at an invitation event in the South of France. At the academy of Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of the American Serena Williams, in Biot near Nice, the seventh-ranked Zverev will play for the first time in the semi-finals against the Frenchman Corentin Moutet on Sunday.
The Ultimate Tennis Showdown is played according to revolutionary rules. For example, each match is played for four quarters of ten minutes each. Because between Zverev and the 19-year-old world rankings-20. After Auger-Aliassime was undecided, a so-called sudden death ended. The first player to score two points in a row wins. “It was fun to play a game again,” Zverev said in an interview on the field.
For Germany’s number 1, it was the first time since the Adriatic tour. There, in late June, he was criticized for his behavior in the Corona crisis. Initially, he and Novak Djokovic, the world’s number one and other professionals, had made a negative impression due to party videos and ignoring hygiene recommendations. Then he got criticized after a party video with him, without time commitment, appeared on the Internet.
Zverev will continue to coach as a coach with former world-class player, David Ferrer. “We get along very well, our personalities are very similar,” he said in Biot. “We have decided that the testing phase is over,” said the 23-year-old from Hamburg and spoke about an agreement until at least the end of the year. Ferrer will share the work with Zverev’s father Alexander senior. “Both are extremely important in the team,” said the seventh in the world rankings.