World No. 3 Alexander Zverev has signed a contract to play in Halle for the next three years. Zverev, 24, has made six Halle appearances so far in his career. "I particularly look forward to returning to Halle every year.
The tournament is well organized. The short walking distances and the local condition are ideal," Zverev said, per Tennis Up To Date. Zverev finished runner-up in Halle in 2016 and 2017. “Zverev, Medevev, Sinner and Auger Aliassime, you can say that the future of tennis has arrived in Halle.
Sinner speaks German and is perfect for our tournament. Sasha Zverev made German tennis history in Tokyo and showed how much it means to him representing his home country. It makes me proud that he has the long-term relationship with our tournament," Halle tournament director Ralf Weber said in a statement.
Zverev tipped to win a Grand Slam in 2022
German tennis legend Michael Stich said Zverev has had some notable results and he hopes the world No. 3 will soon win a Grand Slam. "Alexander’s successes are tremendous!
A Grand Slam title is certainly more important, because you have to prove yourself for two weeks in a draw of 128 players. You cannot afford a defeat like in group matches at the ATP Finals. I hope he takes this positive success and wins his first Grand Slam next year," Stich told Bild.
Mischa Zverev is confident his brother has the game to win a Grand Slam. "He’s been a great player for a long time,” Mischa Zverev told The New York Times. “Sascha has all the shots, that big serve and big backhand and is moving well.
But I think this week he really played intelligent tennis and was truly an all-rounder. I even saw him hit a backhand slice down the line and come to net to finish off the volley. He stepped it up when he needed to and was very patient when necessary. He mixed up his serve very well and mixed up the pace of his shots very well."