“Want to Win the Real Davis Cup”: Alexander Zverev Opens Up on Davis Cup Finals Withdrawal

Published 10/24/2021, 9:30 AM 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


World No.4 Alexander Zverev suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Taylor Fritz in the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters 2021. The German lost the match despite winning the first set as he failed to win a close tie-breaker in the deciding set. The final scoreline of the match was 4-6, 6-3, 7(7)-6(3).

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After this, Alexander Zverev has reached Austria for the Vienna Open 2021. Fans are quite excited to watch him in action once again.

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Alexander Zverev refuses to play at the Davis Cup Finals 2020

Evidently, the Vienna Open 2021 is not the only tournament that will take place in Austria this year. Apart from it, the Davis Cup 2020 finals, which could not take place last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will take place in Innsbruck, Austria.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany in action during his second round match against Daniel Galan of Colombia REUTERS/Mike Segar

However, in a recent interview to Kleinezeitung.at, Zverev mentioned that he will not be taking part at the Davis Cup Finals 2020. He stated that that he wants the format to get changed and will not play there unless that happens.

“The format needs to be changed and I stick to it. I am someone who already keeps his word,” said Zverev in the interview. (Translated via Google Translate)

As of now, the Davis Cup Finals happen in a group-stage format over the first four days, with 18 countries divided into six groups of three teams. Zverev is clearly not in support of this kind of a group-stage format and thus, will not participate there. The tournament will take place from November 22, 2021, to November 28, 2021.

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Zverev highlights that it is not the real Davis Cup for him

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In the same interview, the German also took a dig at Davis Cup Finals. He explained that he would love to win the Davis Cup for his country but feels that this is not the real Davis Cup. As a result, he has already withdrawn from the tournament.

Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Alexander Zverev of Germany hits a backhand against Novak Djokovic. Day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

“I want to win the Davis Cup, but I want to win the real Davis Cup and not a tournament identified by someone,” concluded the World No.4 player.

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Alexander Zverev will face Filip Krajinovic in the first round of the Vienna Open 2021 tomorrow. Fans still have huge expectations from him and expect him to win the tournament. Will he be able to end the year within the top 3 ATP players?

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