German tennis star Alexander Zverev suspects he may have been infected with the coronavirus without even knowing it. Just days before the new year, Zverev and his girlfriend were on a trip to China. After arriving to Australia for the inaugural ATP Cup, both Zverev and his girlfriend didn't feel well.
The German claimed he had never experienced something like that as he just couldn't stop coughing. "My friend Brenda and I were in China on December 28," Zverev told Bild, as revealed on We Love Tennis France.
"You can't imagine how I coughed for a month in Australia. I had a fever for two or three days and I coughed for five or six hours. Brenda too. We didn't know what it was. It was a cough that I never had. I had no pain, but I coughed continuously every ten seconds.
I had no pain, but I coughed continuously every ten seconds." Zverev, ranked at No. 7 in the world, performed disappointingly bad at the ATP Cup. Zverev lost each of his three singles matches played and Germany had no chances of making it past the Round Robin stage.
But former world No. 3 Zverev drastically improved his level at the Australian Open, where he made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal. The 22-year-old German won the opening set of his semifinal match against Dominic Thiem, before the Austrian stormed back to claim a comeback win in four sets. Zverev couldn't say with 100 percent that he contracted the coronavirus.