Spanish Davis Cup Team Captain to Coach Alexander Zverev at the ATP Miami Open 2022

Published 03/25/2022, 7:52 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 19, 2022 Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during his second round match against Australia’s John Millman REUTERS/James Gourley

Following his split with the Spanish sensation David Ferrer in January 2021, Alexander Zverev has been struggling to find a new coach ever since. The World No. 4 is currently being coached by his father, and first coach Alexander Zverev Sr. However, the wait might come to an end soon.

The new coach of Zverev

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Zverev, set to start his Miami campaign from the second round, has appointed his new coach. However, right now, just for Miami Open. The player-turned-coach, who is accompanying Zverev at the Miami Open is 2-time Roland Garros champion, and Spain’s current Davis Cup captain, Sergi Bruguera.

Bruguera is a former World No. 3 and has a total of 14 career titles to his name. He took up the role of the captain of the Spanish Davis Cup team in 2018, replacing Conchita Martinez. As per the reports, Sergi is the top contender to be Alexander Zverev’s new full-time coach. However, a clear decision will only be taken by Zverev after the Miami Open.

Even though Sergi is currently accompanying Zverev at the Miami Open, he isn’t the first Spaniard to be a part of Zverev’s coaching camp. The German player was previously coached by Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero. The two met in 2017 and worked for close to a year before finally announcing their split in early 2018.

Following Juan’s exit, the next Spaniard to take up the position of Zverev’s coach was 27-singles titleholder, David Ferrer. However, like Juan, Zverev’s association with Ferrer also couldn’t last long, as the two announced a split in early January 2021.

Alexander Zverev on the tour

Alexander Zverev started his 2022 season on a decent note, winning two of the three matches at the ATP Cup. Entering the Australian Open as the third seed, Zverev sailed through the initial rounds with ease. However, his run came to a halt in the 4th round, being beaten by Denis Shapovalov.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 23, 2022. Germany’s Alexander Zverev reacts during his fourth-round match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

He next played at the ATP 250 Montpellier, coming out as a runner-up. However, the successful run was short-lived. The 24-year-old faced a second-round tournament disqualification in Acapulco after indulging in an act of aggressiveness. Composing himself, Zverev made a comeback at the Indian Wells, facing a second-round loss.

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Hoping to improve his record, Alexander Zverev is now in Miami. Entering the tournament as the 2nd seed, he will start his campaign from the second round, facing Borna Coric.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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