The next generation of tennis players are quickly making their way to the top of the sport and our young Canadian players are no exception. Although we know that Montrealers be cheering for Félix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov at Rogers Cup in August, we encourage you to get behind their fellow NextGen ATP stars of tomorrow. Today we will be highlighting Alexander Zverev.
At only 20 years of age, Alexander ‘’Sascha’’ Zverev Jr. is already garnering attention in the tennis world, being praised for his aggressive baseline play and his strong service game. After being the youngest player to finish in the Top 100 in 2015, he made the jump into the Top 20 within less than a year.
Zverev is currently experiencing the best season of his career in 2017, capturing his first Masters 1000 title in Rome and having reached the quarter-finals at Madrid and Miami. Some of his most notable wins of the year have come over the likes of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (no. 14), Marin Cilic (no. 7), Milos Raonic (no. 6), Stan Wawrinka (no. 3), and Novak Djokovic (no. 2).
The German is no stranger to causing upsets on tour. Last summer, he beat his childhood idol Roger Federer at Halle on his way to reaching his first ATP 500 final.
He went on an impressive run to conclude the 2016 grass season, where he reached the third round at Wimbledon. His impressive performance was praised by 15-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. ‘’He is amazingly talented. He is a clear possible future No. 1. He has all the shots,’’ stated the 2008 and 2010 Wimbledon champion.
Zverev finished his break out 2016 season by claiming his first ATP World Tour 250 title at St-Petersburg.
To date, the 20-year-old holds four titles on the ATP World Tour: St-Petersburg (2016), Montpellier (2017), Munich (2017) and Rome (2017).
Tennis fans will want to keep an eye on Zverev at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal, as he promises to be a contender for many years to come.
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