Davis Cup fever In Trier! On Friday and Saturday (reside on sportbild.de), Germany will meet for the Olympic champions Alexander Zverev (25) To Switzerland. Tennis legend Boris Becker (55) additionally declared that Germany ought to meet the highest of the tennis neighborhood there.
BILD: Mr. Zverev, does German tennis want Boris Becker’s assist?
Zverev: “I’m not a politician, only a tennis participant. But you need to use Boris’s assist in tennis as a participant, coach, DTB or no matter. He is aware of how you can do it. But I did not delve into it. It is essential for German tennis and we at all times welcome assist. He might be welcomed right here with open arms.”
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BILD: Did you keep in contact after you have been launched from jail?
Zverev: “There isn’t any TV swap but. We’ve each been touring rather a lot in the previous few weeks, however we’re staying in Trier. We are very shut and I’m glad he got here. All he has is nice for the entire staff, he’s at all times welcome in tennis.”
BILD: You solely performed within the Davis Cup for one yr. Why are you all of the sudden in a foul temper once more?
Zverev: “Because I see progress in the suitable course. We have group video games in Germany. This is a superb motivation. That’s the largest factor.”
BILD: What precisely must be modified?
Zverev: “Go fully again to the outdated mode with a weekend battle or an enormous occasion each two years. In any case, the staff should have residence rights. A match the place the highest two nations play one another in entrance of 400 individuals in two weeks at a impartial venue is nonsense, not the Davis Cup. The greatest problem might be for the ATP Men’s Tour and the ITF World Association to take a seat on the identical desk.”
BILD: You pulled out of the Australian Open with hip ache. Are they completed?
Zverev: “Everything is ok, I’m prepared, I’m match, in any other case I would not be right here. I had some extra issues for just a few days, however now the whole lot is ok.”
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BILD: What are your recollections of the Davis Cup?
Zverev: “My brother Mischa performed in opposition to Spain within the bullring in Marbella. I noticed it on TV. Great temper! That’s why we miss the outdated Davis Cup. And then, after all, I performed for the primary time in Hannover in 2016 in opposition to Tomas Berdych. “Unfortunately, I misplaced the final singles match 2-2.”
BILD: The Swiss will compete with three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, who is barely ranked third among the many Swiss. Do you continue to assume you will play in opposition to one another?
Zverev: “It will certainly occur, I feel. He is a champion, a fantastic tennis participant with extra expertise than others. He will certainly play.”
BILD: How do you see the probabilities of the German nationwide staff?
Zverev: “I like them. No matter who performs there, our quantity 2 is powerful. Unfortunately, the injured Jan-Lennard Struff is after all not at all times accessible. But even with out Kevin Kravitz, the doubles staff could be very robust. I’m certain: we are going to win three.”
BILD: On a very totally different matter: the IOC is contemplating permitting Russian and Belarusian athletes to take part within the Olympics below impartial flags, regardless of the battle in Ukraine. How do you discover this?
Zverev: “I’m listening to this for the primary time. I do not see an issue with particular person sports activities like tennis. Andrey Rublev has been in Spain since he was 15 years outdated. Daniil Medvedev grew up in France. They have little to do with Russia. Rublev was at all times in opposition to battle. But relating to staff sports activities, I do not know, it is harder.”
BILD: Will your pal Sofia Tomalla be in Trier?
Zverev: “It has to work. It will determine for itself whether or not it would come or not.”