German tennis star Alexander Zverev won't be accompanied by his new coach David Ferrer in the United States as the two will officially kick off their collaboration when the German returns to Europe for clay court tournaments.
Zverev, ranked at No. 7 in the world, has opted to start his season restart in the United States as he will play both the Cincinnati Masters and US Open. Both the Cincinnati Masters and US Open will take place in New York, where players will be placed in a bubble.
Ferrer will join Zverev at the Rome Masters and the two will also be together at the French Open. Ferrer and Zverev will also work together at the Paris Masters and Nitto ATP Finals.
Zverev, who made his main draw at the Cincinnati Masters in 2015, has surprisingly never made it past the second round at the tournament.
Meanwhile, at the US Open, Zverev made the round-of-16 at the tournament for the first time last year.
Zverev said the chemistry's great with Ferrer
"The trial period is over. We are together, a pair. We understand each other incredibly well and are now a team," Zverev said in his announcement earlier this month, as quoted on tennis MAGAZINE.
"David and my father are both my head coaches now. My dad doesn't get any younger either. Both are extremely important to the team," Zverev noted. His experience on the Tour is unparalleled. He remained in the top-10 for over a decade.
Ferrer, the 2013 French Open runner-up, was always known for his fighting spirit and incredible resistance and Zverev thinks he is the guy who can help him achieve his goal. "Mentally, everyone will agree the guy was one of the strongest players on the Tour.
I thought that in order to get my game to the next level, I wanted someone who has been in the same position, someone who I knew a bit on the Tour and someone relatively young, who would enjoy the process of training with me for hours and hours.
I am a tennis player, who needs repetition, David was perfect in this sense," Zverev exclusively told Sportschau. "I admired David throughout his career. His professionalism and ability to squeeze everything out of his game style, made me continually think of him when I decided to look for an addition for the team. Once we started speaking it became obvious our goals and personalities seemed to get well."