ATP RANKING: 4
A determined attitude complements Zverev’s impressive game – a combination that has quickly made the hard-working German a fan favorite worldwide. Making his fourth Laver Cup appearance for Team Europe, Zverev boasts a 5-1 singles record in the competition and sealed victory for his team in the past two editions.
Zverev’s father Alexander Snr, a former pro who represented Russia in Davis Cup, is his coach. Mother Irina is also a tennis coach and older brother Mischa competes on the ATP World Tour. The close-knit family travel together, along with Zverev’s dogs Lovik and Pop. ‘Sascha’, as he is known, grew up in Germany and idolized Roger Federer. He has previously worked with former world No.1s Ivan Lendl and Juan Carlos Ferrero.
A former world No.1 junior, Zverev broke into the world’s top 100 at age 18 in 2015 and made his top-20 debut a year later. He is now a five-time ATP Masters 1000 champion, winner of the ATP year-end finals in 2018 and in July recorded a career highlight at the Tokyo Olympics when he defeated world No.1 Novak Djokovic to win gold.
Winner: Cincinnati, Tokyo Olympics, Madrid, Acapulco
Semifinals: US Open, Roland Garros, ATP Cup
Quarterfinals: Rome, Munich, Australian Open