Top-ranked German Alexander Zverev is set to play on the Challenger Tour for the first time since 2015 as he will team up with his brother Mischa Zverev for doubles at the Indian Wells Challenger. The Zverev brothers, who have won two ATP titles together, played their first tournament of the season this week in Acapulco -- where they failed to defend their title after losing in the quarterfinal.
The Zverevs, seeded at No. 3 in the Indian Wells Challenger main draw, were drawn to meet in the first round USA's Sebastian Korda and Mitchell Krueger -- who received a wildcard into the event. World No. 7 Alexander Zverev -- who lacks matches as he hasn't played a lot since the Australian Open -- will use the Indian Wells Challenger as a preparation for the Indian Wells Masters, which starts on March 09.
After picking up three losses and zero wins at the inaugural ATP Cup, Alexander Zverev lifted his game at the Australian Open and made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal before losing to Dominic Thiem. In his first tournament since the Australian Open, Alexander Zverev suffered a shock round-of-16 exit in Acapulco as he was beaten in straight sets by American Tommy Paul. It remains to be seen if the Zverev brothers can make a splash at the Indian Wells Challenger and lift the title.