Alexander Zverev’s brother Mischa Zverev is a professional tennis player who has a career-high singles ranking of No 25. Mischa is 10 years elder to Alexander Zverev.
While he is often overshadowed by his younger brother’s spectacular rise to the top, Mischa has also had a stellar career. He reached the quarterfinals of both the 2009 Italian Open and 2016 Shanghai Masters as a qualifier.
Mischa had a career-defining moment when he defeated world number 1, Andy Murray, at the 2017 Australian Open. He also made it to the quarterfinals of the tournament. This propelled Mischa into the top 30 ATP rankings.
Have they ever faced each other on the court?
It took 539 tour-level main draw matches for the brothers to finally face off. Sascha prevailed over his older brother 6-3, 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals of the Citi Open.
However, the result of the match was irrelevant. It was a moment of raw emotion for the brothers and for those watching. “We walked back, and the crowd was cheering, I almost had tears in my eyes,” Mischa told Tennis Channel. “I was like, ‘This feels so special. I wonder what my parents are thinking right now?’ I needed a few seconds to actually bite my tongue and focus. To me, that was incredibly special.”
Alexander was equally emotional. “It was unbelievably special. I hope this is not the last time. I hope we play a final one day or something like that. So hopefully (this was) the first of many ,” Sascha said.
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Who else is there in the Zverev family?
Zverev’s parents Irena and Alexander Zverev Sr emigrated from Russia to Hamburg. They are much more than enthusiastic supporters and sponsors of their seniors. Alexander Sr. once played for the Soviet Davis Cup team. He is now Alexander’s coach. Zverev’s mother and grandmother were also tennis players.
Although the family now resides in Monte Carlo, they have retained a base in their adopted hometown of Hamburg in Germany as well as in Florida. The parents follow their children around the world. This tight family unit has been a major factor in their success.