Alexander Zverev Opens up on His Relations with Roger Federer Following Split With His Management Brand

Published 12/16/2021, 10:00 AM EST
CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 23: Team Europe Roger Federer of Switzerland and Team Europe Alexander Zverev of Germany speak to the media after their Men’s Singles match on day three of the 2018 Laver Cup at the United Center on September 23, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for The Laver Cup)


World No. 3 Alexander Zverev has opened up about his relationship with Swiss great Roger Federer, following his split from Team 8. Team 8 is an Ohio-based tennis company, which the Swiss Maestro owns.

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Early this year, Zverev had announced his departure from Team 8, crediting his need to prioritize his family. 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer started Team 8, an athlete-management company. Additionally, it also makes strategic investments in the world of sports.

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Zverev talks about his relationship with Roger Federer

Talking about his partnership with Federer during his time with his company, Zverev said, “It didn’t work that well.” Along with Zverev, the company backed by Roger Federer and run by his agent also manages Juan Martin del Potro, another big name on the tennis circuit.

Alexander Zverev of Germany congratulates Roger Federer of Switzerland on victory following their singles match on day three of the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals at O2 Arena in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Additionally, he also talked about Federer’s direct involvement in the matter. “When under contract with him (Roger) and Team 8, Roger himself hadn’t much to do with it,” he shared.

However, the 19-time ATP singles title winner remains optimistic about his personal relationship with Roger Federer. “I have an amazing relationship with Roger, which we will probably have forever,” Zverev said.

Team 8 has had plenty of big names attached to it

Alexander Zverev is far from being the only tennis star to have been managed by Roger Federer’s company. Not only is Del Potro on the team, but young American star Coco Gauff, too, is managed by Team 8.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Roger Federer (L) of Switzerland and Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria pose for a photo prior to their Men’s Singles quarterfinal match on day nine of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Former World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov, too was managed by Federer’s company, before parting ways in December 2017.

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With the 2022 tennis season about to begin in a few weeks, fans eagerly await Zverev’s return to the sport. Simultaneously, the entire tennis community is also waiting for Roger Federer himself to return to the sport, following his knee surgery.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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