Former World No. 2 Demands for More On-Court Charisma from Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Other Gen Z Stars

Published 08/26/2021, 1:09 PM EDT
Aug 21, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Alexander Zverev (GER) waits for Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE not pictured) to come back to the court after the first set of their semifinal match against during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports


A new generation of tennis stars is beginning to steal the spotlight, making headlines with every swing. However, as they don the courts with their youthful exuberance, former World No. 2, Alex Corretja believes their on-court demeanor lacks an ingredient. Sharp, spiky and lethal in attack, players like Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Daniil Medvedev are dominating the tennis talk. Regardless, Alex calls on the Gen Z stars to show more charisma on-court.

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For years now, the ‘big 3’ Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic have been at the heart of every tennis conversation. Notably, gearing up to every major slam, the ultimate ‘G.O.A.T’ debate is most talked about worldwide. However, with injuries ruining their party and half a season spent in rehab, 2/3 of the big three are left on the sidelines and a new era of stars is taking over the sport.

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Although, veteran tennis player, Alex Corretja feels that the new generation is surely talented but they need to be more expressive on-court. Recalling some of the greats he played against, he demands for more emotions from the Gen Z stars.

Charismatic, empathic, and not punishable

Undoubtedly, tennis is more than just a game for many. It’s about passion, about emotion, and about one’s sheer love for the sport. However, while this passion is upheld and appreciated, its unruly display on the court can often cost the player negatively. Even while he hails the likes of Alexander and Daniil Medvedev, he expresses his demands of the young uprising stars.

“We need charisma. And we need to let the players have charisma. We need to let them show their emotions, somehow controlling them but not making them feel like they are robots,” he said.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Captains Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe enjoy a moment before the last match between Alexander Zverev of Team Europe and Milos Raonic of Team World during Day Three of the Laver Cup 2019 at Palexpo on September 22, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Laver Cup will see six players from the rest of the World competing against their counterparts from Europe. Team World is captained by John McEnroe and Team Europe is captained by Bjorn Borg. The tournament runs from September 20-22. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

Adding to the same, Alex looks back on his playing days, naming his fellow tennis peers who were unafraid of being their unapologetic self on-court.

He said, “We’ve had in the past [Bjorn] Borg, [John] McEnroe, then we had [Ivan] Lendl, [Mats] Wilander, then [Pete] Sampras and [Andre] Agassi then we wondered what would happen but some others come. I’m not worried about the future of tennis, I’m just nostalgic that we are losing or about to lose some of the most relevant players in history.” 

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Alex backs Alexander Zverev to beat Novak Djokovic at the US Open

Alexander Zverev has become the talk of the town, courtesy of his recent heroics. The German international did the unthinkable at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, beating Novak Djokovic on his way to claim the gold medal. Carrying forward in his form, he bagged the title at the Western and Southern Open as well. Now, as he prepares for the US Open 2021, Alex predicts the 24-year-old to make life difficult for the Serbian legend yet again.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Medal Ceremony – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Gold medallist Alexander Zverev of Germany celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

He said, “I think both Alex and Daniil Medvedev will be the toughest guys to beat for Novak Djokovic, for sure.” However, how far true does Alex’s prediction fall, only time will tell. Although, what is guaranteed is an action-packed tournament, as the World’s best prepare for the season finale. Stay tuned and glued to the television, to witness some breathtaking tennis, straight from the courts of New York.

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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