Alexander Zverev has added a new tournament to his 2019 schedule. The world No. 5 will compete at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament from 9 to 17 February 2019, making his fifth appearance ever there. Earlier this year in Rotterdam Zverev defeated David Ferrer and then lost to the eventual semifinalist Andreas Seppi in the second round.
The Tournament Director Richard Krajicek believes the best is yet to come for Zverev, who achieved a career-high ranking at No. 3 this year and won Madrid, Washington, Munich titles and also reached Rome, Miami finals respectively losing to Rafael Nadal and John Isner.
'He is still incredibly young, only 21 years old. Nevertheless, he has already been in the top-10 of the ATP Rankings for more than a year. He is now taking the next step with his new coach Ivan Lendl, who previously had great successes with Andy Murray.
I believe it is a matter of time for him to become the world’s number one', Krajicek said. 'Alexander is a typical example of a top talent that we have a chance to develop with a wildcard. By doing that, you create a bond between the player and the tournament.
We also did this with players like Federer and Dimitrov at a young age. Afterwards, it is interesting to follow how such a player develops. In the case of Zverev, it works out very well.' Zverev joins a star-stunned field also featuring Marin Cilic, Kei Nishikori, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios and Hyeon Chung.
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