‘Didn’t Work Out Well’: Alexander Zverev on His Partnership With Ivan Lendl

Published 12/19/2021, 10:37 AM EST
Tennis – ATP Tour Finals – Turin, Italy – November 14, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates winning the first set during his group stage match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


German tennis player Alexander Zverev has been an exceptional player on the Tour. He has had a number of people in his coaching team but one person who has remained constant is his father Alexander Zverev Sr. 

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Besides his dad, there have been a number of prominent personalities that have been in the Alexander Zverev camp. Former players such as Ivan Lendl and David Ferrer have coached the 24-year-old player. However, he was not impressed by Lendl who coached him for a brief period. 

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Speaking about his coaching team, Zverev stated, “Papa is better than Lendl. For me, that’s not a question at all. I think it was an experience for me to see what and how other coaches think about my tennis.”

(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Alexander Zverev on his preffered coach 

The Olympic Gold medalist clearly felt his dad, Alexander Zverev Sr. was better than 8x Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl. No wonder why the 24-YO German had his career’s best season this year under the guidance of his father.

Nonetheless, he praised Spaniard David Ferrer and even tagged him as the best coach he has had besides Zverev Sr. Even though the duo saw a split in early January, it seems Zverev still keeps the door open to team up with the Spanish legend. 

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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

The 2020 US Open semifinalist added, “unfortunately we had to stop last year due to the corona situation. He’s the only one I’d say I’d try again with. It didn’t work out well with Lendl. It’s not a secret. Personally, we may not have been a good match either. We just saw things differently on the tennis court, during training sessions.”

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Coming to tennis, Zverev won the Gold medal in Tokyo and managed to reach the semifinal at the French Open and the US Open. He won titles regularly on the ATP Tour in 2021 and the ATP Finals. It will be interesting to see how the 24-year-old will perform in the upcoming season.

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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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