The world no. 4 Alexander Zverev started the 2019 season at Hopman Cup for the fourth straight year, winning three singles matches and missing the match point together with Angelique Kerber against Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic in the deciding point of the mixed doubles match to stay empty-handed for the second year in a row.
The German was scheduled to play the World Tennis Challenge in Adelaide on Monday against Borna Coric but he could only walk into the stadium at the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre and inform the crowd he will not be able to play, suffering a hamstring injury during practice that gathers some dark clouds over his Australian Open campaign, with the first Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne that starts already next Monday.
The reigning ATP Finals winner and the three-time Masters 1000 champion will do his best in order to overcome an injury and be fit for the action at Melbourne Park, standing as one of the favorites for the title after Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Following a rest, Alexander will make a decision about the Australian Open and if he chooses to skip it he will become the second top-10 star ruled out from the opening Major of the year, joining Juan Martin del Potro who withdrew a few weeks ago due to a knee injury he suffered in Shanghai in October.
Alexander has played in the main draw of the Australian Open three times so far, scoring just four wins and losing in a five-setter against Rafael Nadal and Hyeon Chung in the third round in the last two years. Back in 2017, a teenager had two sets to one lead against mighty Nadal before losing sets four and five comfortably to hit the exit door after more than four hours.
The same scenario occurred a year ago as well, leading two sets to one against Hyeon Chung before he faded from the court, winning just five points in the deciding set for one of his worst defeats ever.