Alexander Zverev Becomes First Tennis Player After Boris Becker to Receive This Special Honor

Published 12/20/2021, 7:00 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Finals – Pala Alpitour, Turin, Italy – November 21, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates with trophy after winning his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


German tennis player Alexander Zverev has registered one of his best seasons so far. He has managed to create an impact on the Tour this season and was one of the few players to get the better of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. 

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Due to his performance this season, Zverev has been awarded as the best German Athlete of the Year 2021. He became the first tennis player to receive this honor since 1991. While Michael Stich had received the award that year, Boris Becker was selected as the runner-up in 1995.

Noteworthy performances helped Alexander Zverev clinch the award

Speaking of Zverev’s performances this season, he began the year by reaching the quarterfinal at the Australian Open. After that, he ended up winning the title in Madrid. He beat the likes of Nadal and Thiem during the tournament. 

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He reached Paris and came as far as the semifinal which was his best result at the venue. Following that, he lost in the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships. 

After that, things started moving in the German’s direction. He ended up winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. During the competition, he managed to beat Djokovic

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after winning his semifinal match REUTERS/Mike Segar

He then reached New York and came to the semifinal of the US Open before going down to the World No. 1 player in an intense match. Nonetheless, Zverev ended the season on a high note, winning the ATP Finals for the second time in his career. He beat US Open champion Daniil Medvedev in the final. 

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Well, now that the season is over, it will be interesting to see how the German gears up for the upcoming one. We wish him all the best in his preparations for the new year.

 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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