Alexander Zverev has not started his 2020 in a very auspicious way. Despite the merry end of his past season—he had displayed a good humor and a relaxed game during the exhibition matches played with Roger Federer—things were gloom for the German at the ATP Cup.
Not only did he lose all three of his singles matches (4-6, 7-6(2), 6-2 against Alex de Minaur; 6-1, 6-4 against Stefanos Tsitsipas; 6-2, 6-2 against Denis Shapovalov) and got cut out of the final eight with the German team, but he got made fun of, double-fualting 31 times in total, and couldn’t always refrain his anger.
On the first day of his participation to the heavily-promoted tournament, Zverev had a hard time serving. During the second match of the Germany-Australia series, he smashed his racket in anger after losing the second set to de Minaur in the tie break.
Zverev was leading the match 6-4, 4-2.
Just to add mockery to the damage, Nick Kyrgios—whose “I’ve got to keep in check” attitude seems to be reserved exclusively to his matches—couldn’t resist putting on a little teasing act.
For every double fault that Zverev hit against de Minaur, Kyrgios would do a series of push-ups.
Zverev refused to react to the Aussie’s provocation.
When asked if he’s seen Kyrgios’ taunt, he answered: “No, I did not see that. It’s Nick, it’s just what he does. He did it at Laver Cup as well. I know that Grigor almost had a fight with him and with Jack (Sock) in 2018; he can do whatever he wants”.
On Sunday, the excessive amount of double faults and general mistakes scored during his part of the Germany-Greece tie led Zverev to have a bitter on-court disagreement with his father, which rapidly escalated to shouts and tears.
The team’s captain, Boris Becker, had a hard time dealing with his player’s meltdown.
Tsitsipas beats Zverev 6-1, 6-4 and to be honest he’s just a way better player at the moment. More secure, more options, more confidence.
As for Zverev, wouldn’t be surprised if we’ve reached boiling point in terms of his team set-up and his double-faulting.
Nothing special happened during Zverev’s match against Denis Shapovalov; the German continued double-faulting to seal an ATP Cup that only brought defeats to his record.
Meanwhile, the Aces for Bushfires Relief campaign—which aims to raise funds to support the organizations working to tame the wildfires that rage through Australia—has grown popular among professional tennis players.
While many have pledged to donate between $50 to $200 for each ace they score during the Australian summer, some have deemed their serve too bad to be of any effective use. Belinda Bencic is among them, and she offered to donate $200 for every double-fault, instead.
She thought it a good idea to invite Zverev to do the same.