Alexander Zverev was destined to become a tennis player, with both parents playing tennis in the past and with his father Alexander Zverev Sr. as a tennis coach of his older brother Mischa. Alexander started to follow his father and older brother into professional tournaments way back in 2011 when he was only 14 and his first professional win came a year later at Germany F14 Futures. The rest is pretty much history and under the close guidance of his father, Alexander became by far the most successful youngster in the last 10 years, winning two Masters 1000 titles and five overall on the Tour in 2017 to become world number 3 in November.
This week's ATP tournament in Munich has provided the best possible stage for Alexander Zverev Sr. to receive a special award, being named the German Tennis Federation coach of the year for 2017. This hardly came as a surprise as both of his sons had a career-best season in 2017, with Mischa defeating Andy Murray at the Australian Open before he lost to Roger Federer in the quarter-final and also reaching his second ATP final in Geneva, the first since Metz in 2010! Alexander and Mischa had 85 wins combined in 2017 and Alexander notched some big achievements, becoming the ninth U20 player with Masters 1000 title after Agassi, Chang, Bruguera, Medvedev, Safin, Nadal, Berdych and Djokovic! In addition, Alexander was only the sixth U20 player who won two Masters 1000 titles in a single season after Michael Chang, Andrei Medvedev, Marat Safin, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic and the first in 10 years.
He finished the season with 55-22 score and had a chance to play at the ATP Finals as the youngest player since Juan Martin del Potro in 2008. Alexander Sr. is there to help his son in constant improvements of his game on the regular basis and he was praised by Alexander after his win over Jan-Lennard Struff, as the young star said that he could not imagine having the better coach.
The president of the German Tennis Federation Ulrich Klaus delivered the award to Alexander Sr. and he should get more of these in the years to come, knowing what diamond he has under his guidance. ALSO READ: ATP Estoril: Tsitsipas refuses to lose! Tiafoe and Carreno Busta reach SF