German tennis player Yannick Hanfmann, born in 1991, currently occupies the 143rd position of the ATP ranking. In his career he never passed the first round of a Grand Slam tournament, but he nevertheless played a major circuit final in July 2017, when he was defeated by our Fabio Fognini for 6-4 7-5 in Switzerland.
In an interview for Tennis Magazin, Hanfmann spoke about Alexander Zverev's recent conduct. In recent days, Zverev - who also took part in Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour - has been the subject of numerous criticisms from the world of tennis due to some videos that portray him at a party organized in Monte Carlo, once again without the necessary security measures against Coronavirus.
Yannick feels that Alexander Zverev has a lot to learn from the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Hanfmann on Alexander Zverev
"When I saw the video, I said to myself: Oh my god Alexander, you're not making our life easier.
I also thought about his tour with Roger Federer where he explained that he had learned a lot. And I said to myself, that Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal would never have done this kind of thing," Yannick Hanfmann said. Since 2019, Alexander Zverev is being managed by Team 8, which Roger Federer runs in partnership with his long-time agent Tony Godsick.
"Just having time with Roger Federer on the plane and in the hotels was incredible. I think that experience helped me a lot for the Australian Open (where he reached the semifinals). He said many things to me and that was something important.
Now my goal is to improve my game, the rest will come by itself, as it happened in Australia," Zverev had told the Excelsior website. Meanwhile, the organiser of an exhibition tennis tournament in Berlin said on Friday he is considering withdrawing Alexander Zverev from the line-up and has insisted there would be "zero tolerance" if the German does play, but again ignores social distancing guidelines.
"I could say 'Sascha (Zverev), I take your behaviour as a breach of contract' I have not yet decided," Weindorfer told Munich-based newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. "The second option is that I say: 'Sascha, you will get another chance from us, but here (in Berlin) you have very clear rules of conduct'
We have zero tolerance. If a player misbehaves and thinks they can party that week, we will remove that player," Weindorfer insisted.