“I’m Only Human Too”: Alexander Zverev to Take a Break from Tennis After US Open 2021

Published 08/11/2021, 1:11 PM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Alexander Zverev of Germany reacts after winning his semifinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia REUTERS/Mike Segar


Alexander Zverev has been having a golden tennis season so far, quite literally. After a few titles this year and impressive performances, he claimed success in Tokyo by taking the gold medal in the tennis men’s singles event at the Olympics. The German has evidently had a hectic and busy season so far, and keeping that in mind, he has decided to take a break from the sport.

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Given his form, he has a great chance at winning the US Open later this month. However, he has announced that he will be taking time out for his body after the American Grand Slam.

02 August 2021, Hessen, Frankfurt/Main: German tennis player Alexander Zverev shows his medal at Frankfurt airport after his arrival from Tokyo. He had won the gold medal in the men’s singles at the Olympic Games. Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst/dpa (Photo by Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev takes a break from tennis

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After a glorious summer and an eventful year, Alexander Zverev has decided to take a break from tennis in November.

The German recently announced that he would be skipping on the Davis Cup Finals in late November this year. He believes his body needs rest after playing all year long, after all he is human too.

I’m only human, too, and I need a vacation. We play from January to October. In November with this format I won‘t play,” said Zverev in an interview with Sport Bild, as reported by TennisNet.

Sport Bild is one of the leading sports newspaper in Germany. They have also revealed that Zverev is not a fan of the new format of Davis Cup Finals. He will play when the new format is reintroduced.

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The new Davis Cup Finals format

The 2020 Davis Cup finals was shifted to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and a new format has been introduced for this year’s edition – the addition of more venues. The 2021 campaign will take place in Innsbruck, Austria, Madrid, Spain and Turin, Italy.

As a result of a shift from 2020 to 2021, the new format also notices a few other changes. The number of teams has reduced from 18 to 16 and there are no wild cards for grabs. The event is spread across 11 days over the three cities.

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Zverev is not a fan of the new format and will be back only when the new format comes back. His break from tennis will help him recover and train for the new season fresh in mind.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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