German tennis star Alexander Zverev has accepted a wildcard into Hamburg, the tournament announced on Wednesday night. The 22-year-old is set to play on the clay courts of Hamburg for the first time since 2016. The German made four consecutive appearances in Hamburg from 2013 and 2016 before he decided not to play on clay after the grass season.
This week, tennis MAGAZINE broke the news that Hamburg Tournament Director Peter-Michael Reichel was in Monaco negotiating a deal with Zverev. As expected, the two sides reached an agreement as world No. 5 Zverev is set to return to the Hamburg event -- which is set to be held from July 22-28.
Zverev's first four appearances in Hamburg ended with three first round exits and one semifinal showing. The German impressed at the Hamburg event in 2014 as he made the semifinal while he was just 17 years old before losing to 2013 French Open runner-up David Ferrer.
After a disappointing grass season -- which ended with a shock first round loss at Wimbledon against Jiri Vesely -- Zverev will be eager to perform well in Hamburg as he wants to improve his form and lift his confidence.