Alexander Zverev faced a lot of criticism for deciding to skip the Davis Cup play-offs back in September. The world number three was going through a packed fixture schedule and this meant that he was unavailable for the play-off game against Portugal. The packed fixture schedule was down to his involvement in the ATP events and the Laver Cup. This led to a lot of discontent – especially from German captain Nikola Pilic. Recognising the need to pacify some angry Germans, Zverev has claimed that he will be part of the world with a first-round tie in February.
The first round tie will take place from February 2 to 4. The 20-year-old also took the occasion to explain his absence from the game against Portugal. Even with the absence of Zverev, Germany were able to win the game 3-2. Zverev says that he wanted to play but had to go in by the decision of his coach and father. Despite this major setback and the discontent of the whole German team, Zverev claims that he is on a good run with the German Davis team. Boris Becker is the head of the men’s tennis at Germany. After having passed the recent growth any differences with the legendary tennis star, Zverev says that he is already looking forward to winning the Davis Cup 2018 with Germany.
In order to be successful at the Davis Cup, Zverev might have to make a couple of sacrifices – including our very low turnaround time between the Australian Open 2018 and the Davis Cup first-round World Cup ties. Only recently did the 20-year-old take the decision to avoid the NextGen finals in favour of the ATP finals. It has been an extraordinary year for the youngster, as he has been able to get several successes including two Masters 1000 titles.