“Don’t Always Need a Well-Known Ex-Player”: Alexander Zverev Reflects on David Ferrer Leaving His Team

Published 03/15/2021, 8:08 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 12, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev after winning his third round match against France’s Adrian Mannarino REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


German tennis player Alexander Zverev is one of the most promising players from the younger generation. The 23-year-old player has made constant developments in his game with each passing year. In 2020, the rising German star added former Spanish superstar David Ferrer to his coaching team. 

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However, things didn’t go as planned for Alexander Zverev and the Spaniard. As a result, they parted ways at the beginning of this year. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were one of the main factors in David wanting to be close to home and family. Now, Alexander’s brother Mischa has taken the manager’s role in the team. 

Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 3, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during his group stage match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Alexander Zverev: “My team expanded in a way”

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Recently, the German spoke about the recent changes in his team and stated, “I think I have a great team, to be honest. My team also expanded in a way. My brother is taking a role more of a manager now. I got the coach I had at the US Open final back in my team for more weeks this year, which I think is great.”

The 2020 Australian Open semifinalist felt one doesn’t need to be a top professional player to succeed as a coach. He went on to state that the partition with Ferrer was hard, but he could understand the reason for him quitting. 

Tennis – ATP Cup – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 6, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during his semi final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Kelly Defina

The 2020 US Open finalist added, “You don’t always need a well-known ex-player to be a good coach, you can have other guys there as well and they can do just as good a job. But as I said, I loved David as a coach. Unfortunately, with COVID-19, it was not an easy decision, but it was a decision I could understand. I got to live with it and continue to progress with my tennis.”

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At the moment, Alexander is in Acapulco competing at the Mexico Open 2021. Besides the German, Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas will be headlining the event. After that, the German will proceed towards Miami for the first Masters 1000 event of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and 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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