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Alexander Zverev reinforces stance towards Davis Cup Finals: 'I will watch our team while being on holiday in the Maldives'

Andrew Hendrie in News 3 Feb 2019
  • Zverev says he definitely won't be playing the Davis Cup Finals in November
  • The young German declared he will watch his nation while on holiday in the Maldives
Alexander Zverev (Photo by PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev had already made it clear that he wasn’t interested in playing the revamped Davis Cup Finals in November - and the World No. 3 wanted to reinforce his stance after helping Germany qualify with a win over Hungary on the weekend.

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Zverev registered two straight sets victories over Hungarian journeymen Peter Nagy and Gabor Borsos as Germany whitewashed the visitors in Frankfurt by a 5-0 scoreline.

However, if you thought the euphoria of helping his nation qualify for the Davis Cup Finals, to be played at the end of November in Madrid, would push Zverev into changing his mind about competing, think again.

Zverev has been one of the most outspoken critics of the new Davis Cup Finals, which has been transformed from a competition played at various weekends throughout the season to a week-long event played at a neutral venue at the very end of a long and energy-sapping season in November, with the 2019 edition to be held in Madrid between 18-24 November.

“I will not play Davis Cup in November,” Zverev was quoted as saying by The Times in October last year. “In November [after the ATP Finals], I do not want to play tennis any more. All the top guys will say the same thing.
“We have one and a half months off in our season, and that’s at the end of November and December. Making a tournament at the end of November, it’s crazy. By the end of the year, we are all tired. For us as top players, we had discussions, we had talks with the ATP on how to make the season shorter and not longer. No, it’s not happening, and I guarantee you I won’t be the only one.”

Speaking after Germany’s win over Hungary in Frankfurt, Zverev made it clear that his thoughts on the matter hadn’t changed.



“I hope that I will have won the ATP Finals again and I will watch our team while being on holiday in the Maldives,” he said.

Over 100 years of decorated Davis Cup tradition was ripped apart after Spanish football player Gerard Pique and his mysterious investment company Kosmos teamed up with American billionaire businessman Larry Ellison and struck a deal with the International Tennis Federation for a 25-year, $3 billion partnership that will see the competition played over one week at the end of the season where all the top players are tired and seeking rest.

The primary reason for the format change was supposedly to get more top players to compete, but in this weekend’s qualifying ties, nine countries competing were missing their top ranked singles player.

Furthermore, Roger Federer - arguably the biggest drawcard in men’s tennis - will not be playing after Switzerland failed to qualify (he wasn’t going to commit anyway), while World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has previously stated he will commit to the ATP Cup, which will debut in Australia in 2020.

Australian Open semi-finalist Lucas Pouille has also indicated he will not participate, while the likes of Kevin Anderson, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Dominic Thiem will also be absent after their nations didn’t qualify.


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Alexander Zverev reinforces stance towards Davis Cup Finals: "I will watch our team while being on holiday in the Maldives"

Alexander Zverev had already made it clear that he wasn’t interested in playing the revamped Davis Cup Finals in November - and the World No. 3 wanted to reinforce his stance after helping Germany qualify with a win over Hungary on the weekend.

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