Brands Endorsed By Alexander Zverev
Early Years – Born Into A Tennis Family
Alexander “Sascha” Zverev was born on 20 April 1997 in Hamburg, Germany, to Irina Zvereva and Alexander Mikhailovich Zverev. Both his parents played tennis for the Soviet Union. His father was ranked as high as No. 175 in the world while his mother was the fourth-ranked women’s tennis player in the country. His family moved to Germany before Sascha was born. Sasha Zverev has an older brother, Mischa Zverev, who is a decade older and is also a professional tennis player.
Germany has been looking for a tennis champion more or less since Boris Becker and Steffi Graf departed the scene. It’s fair to say that Sascha has huge expectations in Germany.
Not surprisingly, his parents were the first to introduce him to the game. While his mom was gentle in her approach, his dad believed in the “Soviet way” of training introducing the young Sasha to extensive physical sessions and timed drills. He spent his winters at the Saddlebrook Academy. Sasha can speak three languages – Russian, German and English.
Off the court, Zverev looks dorky with glasses and messy hair. In 2015, he talked to the ATP about his quirks and superstitions.
Roger Federer – His Idol
Like most tennis players growing up in the 2000s, Zverev idolized Roger Federer. Zverev defeated Federer to win his second career Masters title at the 2017 Canadian Open. He said, “This one against Roger is something so special for me because he was always a great idol growing up for me. The greatest player of all time, beating him in a final, not just any final but in the final of a Masters 1000, is amazing.”
Big Success in Juniors
Zverev finished 2013 as No. 1 junior. He racked up a 96-35 record on ITF Junior Circuit, including wins over future Top 40 ATP players Chung, Edmund, Fritz, and Rublev. He ended his junior career at age 16 by winning the 2014 Australian Open boys’ singles title. He also reached 2013 Roland Garros boys’ singles final.
Success Continues – Now On The ATP Tour
In 2016, at age 19, Zverev won his first title beating Stan Wawrinka at St. Petersburg. He became the youngest ATP Tour champion since Kei Nishikori, who was 18 when he won the 2008 Delray Beach tournament.
As of May 2019, Zverev had won three Master’s titles – Rome (2017), Canadian Open (Montreal, 2017) and Madrid (2018). He is the only active player other than the Big Four to win 3+ Masters titles.
Zverev also won the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals defeating World No. 1 Novak Djokovic for the biggest career win yet. As a 21-year-old, he became the youngest year-end champion since Djokovic in 2008. Djokovic was also 21 at the time of his win.
Every top player owns an odd statistic. Here is Zverev’s. Zverev became the first player to win a clay-court title without being broken since 1991 (Madrid 2018)
In the summer of 2017, Zverev hired former French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero as his coach. But that coaching relationship didn’t last long. He fired Ferrero following the Australian Open 2018 after Ferrero criticized the rest of Zverev’s coaching team. Ivan Lendl joined Zverev’s team in August 2018. Zverev later split with Lendl.
Head is a popular racquet among top tennis players such as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. Zverev has been using Head racquets for a long time. He signed a long time deal with Head in 2018. He uses the Head Graphene Touch Pro Speed model.
German brand Adidas sponsors apparel and shoes that Zverev wears on and off the court. He was previously wearing Nike.
Richard Mille signed Zverev in 2016. Rafael Nadal also endorses Richard Mille and reportedly encouraged the company to sign Zverev after noticing his immense talent.
Zverev endorses luxury automotive brand Peugeot. Peugeot released an ad featuring Zverev in 2019.
Menswear brand Zegna signed Zverev in 2019 as its ambassador.
In May 2019, Zverev announced that he was suing his former manager Patricio Apey. In 2019, he signed with Team8 (Roger Federer’s sports agency) to represent his business interests.
Zverev is currently in a relationship with Olga Sharipova.
Other Sports Interests
Zverev is a fan of the NBA team, Miami Heat. He is a big fan of NBA player Dwayne Wade. He plays basketball and golf in his spare time.