World No. 7 Alexander Zverev has explained his decision to hire former world No. 3 David Ferrer as he believes the Spaniard is the coach he needs. Zverev, a former world No. 3, split with Ivan Lendl last year and also had an unsuccessful stint with Ferrer's fellow compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero.
The 23-year-old German had a trial period with 2013 French Open runner-up Ferrer and made a decision to hire him after it all went well. "His experience on the Tour is unparalleled. He remained in the top-10 for over a decade.
Mentally, everyone will agree the guy was one of the strongest players on the Tour. I thought that in order to get my game to the next level, I wanted someone who has been in the same position, someone who I knew a bit on the Tour and someone relatively young, who would enjoy the process of training with me for hours and hours.
I am a tennis player, who needs repetition, David was perfect in this sense," Zverev exclusively told Sportschau. "I admired David throughout his career. His professionalism and ability to squeeze everything out of his game style, made me continually think of him when I decided to look for an addition for the team.
Once we started speaking it became obvious our goals and personalities seemed to get well."
Zverev defended by Coric
Australian Nick Kyrgios criticized Zverev after the German was spotted partying in Monaco while he was supposed to be in self quarantine following the Adria Tour.
"So I wake up and I see more controversial things happening all over the world, but one that stuck out for me was seeing Zverev again man, again, again, how selfish can you be? How selfish can you be?" Kyrgios said in late-June.
"I mean, if you have the audacity to put out a f***ing tweet that you made your management write on your behalf saying you are going to self isolate for 14 days and apologising to f***ing general public for putting their health at risk, at least have the audacity to stay inside for 14 days.
My god. "Have your girlfriend with you for f***ing 14 days. Jesus, man. It pisses me off. This tennis world pisses me off. How selfish can you all get?" Reflecting on those comments, Coric told Jutarnji: "Zverev acted badly, but I don't see the need to call out fellow players in that way. I wouldn't do that, but again -- that's Kyrgios."