Alexander Zverev was not always in a good relationship with the Stuttgart and Vienna tournaments, that are managed by the ET Motion Group. Last year, in February, the Mercedes Cup Tournament Director Edwin Weindorfer claimed the German asked for a lot of money to play ATP 250s and 500s, but then he eventually changed his mind by giving him a wild card plus an appearance fee.
Zverev instead last played in Vienna in 2017 but then he opted for Basel, where he committed to play in 2018, and this year too. Meanwhile, the Vienna Open Tournament Director Herwig Straka hinted the German will not be able to play in Vienna before 2021.
"He wanted to play but he was not aware that he signed with Basel for three years so we had no chances," said Straka. On Nick Kyrgios playing in Vienna despite he never competed during that week of the year - in 2017 he withdrew from Basel while in 2018 from Vienna itself - Straka added: "He is a good tickets seller.
He is a good kid who sometimes loses control on-court. He made sure he would change this year and play the full season in Europe so we believe at him and that's why he committed again. You never know what's gonna happen with him, his game style is attractive."
In a press conference, Borna Coric spoke about how it felt to play football with Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev among the others at the Gazprom Arena in St. Petersburg. Coric said: "This event was very good, funny and great.
I think I was never on a football court before, maybe just once, but on a very little court. I liked all the activities they thought for us. The level of our football training cannot be compared to tennis, because I played football at home until ten years of age and then in my life, there was just tennis, and I did not play football anymore to avoid injuries. Who was the best player? Who knows."