“You Miss Normal Teenage Life”: Alexander Zverev Reveals the Sacrifices He Made To Become a Professional Tennis Player

Published 05/06/2021, 7:58 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


In recent years, former World No. 3 Alexander Zverev has been in the headlines. The German upcoming star has emerged as an exciting prospect for the future of men’s tennis. Although he’s a young lad, he has won some of the big tournaments on the circuit. 

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Recently, Alexander Zverev went back in time and reflected on the number of sacrifices he made to be in this position. Unlike other teenagers, the German athlete was not into the partying culture or hanging out with friends. He maintained a disciplined attitude and instead focused on his tennis. He pictured himself as a professional player and worked towards his goal. 

Tennis – ATP 500 – Mexican Open – The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico – March 17, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates after winning his second round match against Serbia’s Laslo Djere REUTERS/Carlos Perez-Gallardo

The 24-year-old Hamburg-born player stated, “I think you miss normal teenage life, parties, going out, that sort of thing. But I was always very determined. I knew what I wanted. I knew I had to be disciplined and work extremely hard for the things that I wanted to achieve.”

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(Quotes translated using Google translate)

Alexander Zverev does not regret any decisions made 

One can sense the maturity in the German player. He maintained an individual cannot have it both ways, trying to maintain a balance between partying and concentrating on tennis is not feasible. Therefore, he missed out on many of the activities youngsters engage in. At the end of the day, he has no regrets because he’s doing what he loves.

Tennis – ATP 500 – Mexican Open – The Fairmont Acapulco Princess, Acapulco, Mexico – March 17, 2021 Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates after winning his second round match against Serbia’s Laslo Djere REUTERS/Carlos Perez-Gallardo

The 2020 US Open finalist further added, “If you want to have both, you won’t be successful. So, yes, I needed to let a lot of things out of my life from a young age, but I ‘was happy to do it because now I’m doing what I love.”

Movin on to tennis, earlier in the season he lifted his first title of the season in the ATP 500 event in Acapulco, Mexico. He defeated Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

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At the moment, Alexander is currently playing at the Mutua Madrid Open. He will be playing his pre-quarterfinal match against British player Dan Evans later today. 

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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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