German tennis star Alexaander Zverev doesn't consider the Davis Cup Finals as the "real Davis Cup" and that's why he will be skipping the event this year. Clearly, Zverev believes the Davis Cup should not have changed its format two years ago.
Zverev, ranked at No. 4 in the world, also didn't represent German at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals in 2019. Zverev confirmed he won't be playing the Davis Cup Finals ahead of his appearance in Vienna. "The format has to be changed and I'm sticking to that.
I am someone who keeps his word. I want to win the Davis Cup, but I want to win the real Davis Cup," the 24-year-old told a press conference on Saturday before the start of the ATP tournament in Vienna.
Zverev hoping to bounce back in Vienna
Zverev is coming off a disappointing Indian Wells Masters quarterfinal loss to Tayrlor Fritz.
“Today was just not really my day, to be honest,” Zverev said after the loss. “I was close to winning, but the level of tennis was just not quite there for me. Fritz played a great match. He deserves to be in the semi-finals.
Today mentally is not easy for me. “I have played well. But this one hurts because I knew that after Stefanos lost this morning, I was kind of the favourite to win this tournament, but my tennis wasn't there."
Recently, Zverev said he respects those who don't want to get vaccinated but also said he respects the decision that the Australian government is taking regarding the Australian Open. "I fully respect the decisions of players that are not vaccinated.
I also do respect the decision that the Australian government is giving," Zverev said. "I don't want to be in the middle of something which I kind of am not involved in because I don't have that issue of the two-week quarantine, all that. I don't want to go against anybody here."