“I Prefer Not To Continue”: David Ferrer Parts Ways With Alexander Zverev

Published 01/07/2021, 7:14 PM EST
Germany’s Alexander Zverev in action during his group stage match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


Germany’s Alexander Zverev has faced some turmoil in his coaching team ahead of the Australian Open 2021. Sascha’s coach and three-time Davis Cup champion, David Ferrer, has put a permanent brake on their professional relationship.

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The Spaniard took the job of coaching the World No. 7 in July 2020. However, the 38-year-old has pulled the plug on their professional relationship just months after its commencement.

“At the end of the year, a decision had to be made,” David said. “I spoke with Sascha and told him that I prefer not to continue, that we were not going to continue next season.”

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Despite their short run, they made into the finals of US Open and Paris Masters together. David also helped the German bag two back-to-back titles in Cologne.

However, Zverev will now start 2021 with his father, Alexander Zverev Sr., as his coach.

Ferrer is grateful to Alexander Zverev for the opportunity

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 13: (L-R) Dominic Thiem of Austria shakes hands with Alexander Zverev of Germany after winning their Men’s Singles final match on Day Fourteen of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 13, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

According to David, the reason behind the partition was not professional but rather personal. For him, it is difficult to stay away from his family amidst the raging pandemic.

He told Zverev about his priorities and decided against their association after deliberations. In his statement, Ferrer makes it clear that nothing went wrong between the two, and they are still on very good terms.

“Absolutely nothing has happened between us, everything is still fine,” the Spaniard explained. “In fact, I am very grateful to him for the opportunity he gave me to travel with him.”

Interestingly, David played his last professional tennis match at the 2019 Madrid Open against Zverev and lost to him.

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Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 20, 2020, Germany’s Alexander Zverev reacts during his group stage match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

The former World No. 3 had a tough time under the quarantine and other stringent regulations of tennis tournaments. But when the sport will return to normalcy, he will definitely take up coaching again.

“It has been a brutal experience, but right now I understand that I am not the right person to help him. I’m sure that when some time passes, I will train someone again, that’s for sure,” Ferrer concluded.

In return, the 23-year-old had the kindest words for the Spaniard. He also thanked David’s family for sharing the great tennis player with him during the toughest time of the year.

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Zverev will begin his 2021 campaign representing Germany at the ATP Cup. He is one of the biggest contenders of winning a Grand Slam this year. Now that Ferrer has departed, can he still make it big?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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