German tennis star Alexander Zverev will open his 2019 grass campaign in front of his home fans, in the opening week of the grass season, as he has accepted a wildcard into the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. The 22-year-old is set to make his second appearance on the grass courts of Stuttgart as he is set to play at the tournament for the first time since 2015.
In his last Stuttgart campaign, the German beat Mate Pavic in the first round before losing to Serb Viktor Troicki in his following match. Zverev, ranked at No. 5 in the world, also played in Stuttgart five years ago -- the year before the event switched from clay to grass.
"I am happy to play again at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart. In the last few weeks I have regained confidence. I now hope for successful tournaments on grass. I love to play in Germany, in front of my fans," Zverev said, per Tennis TourTalk.
Zverev's won't have an easy job of winning the Stuttgart title as 2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic, rising Russian stars Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev, as well as Gael Monfils and Denis Shapovalov, are set to play at the tournament.