Former German Davis Cup player Marc-Kevin Goellner says there can be another tennis boom in Germany if Alexander Zverev becomes a Grand Slam champion.
Former German Davis Cup player on Alexander Zverev
In an interview with the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung, the former World No.
26 Marc-Kevin Goellner says, "I'm quite optimistic about it. If a Sascha (Alexander) Zverev should win one or two Grand Slam tournaments, that's possible, Being a professional tennis player is really a great job.
But you also have to want it right and have to give it your all." Goellner says that children need to play more physical sports these days rather than playing on computer and gadgets. "Our children spend too much time playing computer games these days.
They have to do more sports again. That's where school sports come into play. If it gets better, we can benefit from it in tennis too. I believe that the players should have their high school diploma in their pockets so that they can then have the chance to develop into a professional via college.
Or, if you have what it takes to try it out on the tour." Goellner, who runs the MKG Tennis Academy in Cologne, says he would also like to see more German players in the tennis Bundesliga, like it was in his time. "Back then, almost no foreigners played in the league at all.
It is completely different now. It would be nice if you put more emphasis on German talents and thus also support them financially." Marc-Kevin Goellner won two singles titles and achieved a Bronze medal in doubles at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
He attained a career-high singles ranking of World No. 26 in April 1994. Among his other highlights included reaching the quarterfinals of the 1997 Rome Masters, beating top tenners Richard Krajicek and Albert Costa en route.
Alexander Zverev is a former World No. 3 and is currently ranked No. 7 in the world. He won the 2018 ATP Finals, which had made him the youngest winner at the year-end championship in a decade. He is the only active player outside of the Big Four with three ATP Masters 1000 titles.
Zverev is a former world No. 1 junior, and won a junior Grand Slam singles title at the 2014 Australian Open. He has won 11 career singles titles and 2 career doubles titles so far and has earned over $20 million in career prize money.