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Zverev asks Lendl to show more dedication to his career

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 22 Jul 2019
  • Zverev wants Lendl to show more commitment to his tennis career
  • The German returns to action in Hamburg this week without Lendl
Alexander Zverev and Ivan Lendl (PA Images)

Alexander Zverev has publicly called out coach Ivan Lendl to ‘concentrate more on his tennis’ as the German returns to competition at the ATP 500 event in Hamburg this week.

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Currently experiencing an underwhelming season that has seen him win just one ATP title at the 250 event in Geneva, Zverev has revealed that he wants more commitment from Lendl as the pair attempt to turn things around in the coming months.

"We talked about it and I told him to concentrate on tennis more," Zverev was quoted as saying by German reporters at a press conference in Hamburg.
"Sometimes we go to the tennis court, the training is two hours long, and for half-an-hour he stands with his back to me talking about the way he played golf the morning before," he added.

Zverev and Lendl linked up last year, but the Czech - who guided Andy Murray to No. 1 in the world - hasn’t been an ever-present figure in the German’s setup for a lot of that period.

Alexander Zverev in Hamburg (PA Images)
Lendl missed this year’s clay-court season and isn’t with the World No. 5 in Hamburg this week. Instead, Zverev is being coached by his father Alexander Sr. this week, who has overseen his career since juniors.

After finishing the 2018 season on the highest of highs as he beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic for the Nitto ATP Finals title in London - his biggest career trophy to date - Zverev was expected to kick on and challenge the hierarchy of Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings.


However, the 22-year-old has struggled significantly, failing to beat a fellow top 10 player and registering a 24-15 record that has yielded just one title. Zverev has also continued to under perform at the slams, losing in the fourth round of the Australian Open, quarter-finals of Roland Garros and first round of Wimbledon.

Zverev has addressed his poor form several times this season, attributing it to a feud with former agent Patricio Apey.

“Hopefully this issue won’t be an issue any more soon,” Zverev said in Hamburg.
“It will become clearer over the next days. Everything will be slowly cleared up so that I can completely concentrate on tennis again.”

Zverev is the second seed in Hamburg behind Dominic Thiem and will launch his campaign on Tuesday against recently-crowned Bastad champion Nicolas Jarry.


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