Becker is disappointed that Zverev doesn't get the respect he deserves

The former tennis legend shares supporting words for his countryman

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Becker is disappointed that Zverev doesn't get the respect he deserves
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Despite having always been a player who stayed a lot of time in the top 5, Alexander Zverev has never enjoyed the right recognition from some fans and insiders. And it was the German legend Boris Becker, current coach of the Dane Holger Rune.

Becker, during an interview with Eurosport, who explained how his countryman did'nt get the support he deserved: "He plays with the motivation that comes from feeling undervalued, he wants to demonstrate that his best level is yet to come.

I think he doesn't get the respect he deserves from the experts in the sport and I think his father is the right person to direct his career."

And the German played a good season, after the bad injury of last year

Zverev returned to compete in 2023, after the serious injury suffered at Roland Garros 2022.

The German stopped during the semi-final of the Parisian SLM against Rafael Nadal, suffering consequences to the 3 tendons of his ankle, and was consequently forced to undergo surgery. Which, obviously, forced him to stay away from the courts until the beginning of the season just ended.

Zverev's season obviously started slowly. In fact, the German exited in the second round during the Australian Open. Step by step, however, Zverev rediscovered his tennis, qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals and ending the year in 7th position in the ATP ranking The German reached the semi-final at Roland Garros, confirming the points won in the previous edition and conquering the ATP 500 in Hamburg and the ATP 250 in Chengdu.

Zverev has won a total of 21 titles on the ATP Tour, including the Olympic medal won in Tokyo, 5 Masters 1000, 2 Nitto ATP Finals won in 2019 and 2021 and a Slam final lost against Dominic Thiem, at the 2020 US Open. The German's 2024 season will start directly in the United Cup in which he will represent Germany before playing the first Slam of the season, at the Australian Open.

Zverev will try to star the upcoming season with all the good results he got in 2023: his goal will be to get a good result just from Melbourne.