Unlike most of the players who went home after the Indian Wells got canceled, the three-time Masters 1000 champion Alexander Zverev decided to stay in Florida and wait for the news about Miami Open. The second Masters 1000 event of the season had to close its doors due to a coronavirus as well, with the German having to stay there as he couldn't leave the USA anymore.
With his best friend Marcelo Melo around, Alexander is giving his best to remain positive and work on his physical shape while waiting for at least some positive news about the restart of the season. Like many other players, Zverev has had some interesting Instagram chats, talking about various topics and joking with fellow players.
After the third straight season in the top-10, Alexander joined Roger Federer on the American Tour in November, playing in front of an impressive crowd and heading to China for the Hangzhou Tmall Cup International Tennis Invitational Tournament in the closing days of 2019.
Alexander believes he caught a coronavirus there, struggling with a cough for a month and having a fever in Brisbane for two days. After playing terrible tennis at the ATP Cup, the German recovered his game to reach the semi-final at the Australian Open, his first at Majors.
In one of his Instagram chats, Zverev also joked about Roger Federer's perfect timing for that knee surgery in February, wondering if the Chinese had given him some information about the virus that put the ATP season on hold at least until July.
After another great season in 2019 that saw him winning the Masters 1000 title in Miami and that memorable Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic where he squandered two match points, Federer finished in the top-3 behind Rafael Nadal and Djokovic, keeping the youngsters behind him and standing strong even after turning 38.
Deciding to skip the inaugural ATP Cup, Federer kicked off the new season at the Australian Open, overcoming two tough obstacles against John Millman and Tennys Sandgren (saving seven match points) to reach the semis where he lost to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
Instead of preparing for Dubai, Roger shared the news with his fans about an ongoing knee injury that required surgery, with the Swiss skipping Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami and Roland Garros, targeting Halle as the first tournament on the comeback trail.
With the current issues caused by a coronavirus, it is uncertain when we are going to see some tennis and will that happen at all in 2020, leaving Federer, Zverev and all the others to just sit and wait.