Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev was born on April 20, 1997 in Hamburg, Germany to Russian parents, Irina Zvereva and Alexander Mikhailovich Zverev. His older brother Mischa, born almost ten years earlier, is also a professional tennis player. Both of Sascha's parents were professional tennis players for the Soviet Union.

Nicknamed Sascha, he is among the strongest tennis players of his generation and has won 19 ATP tournaments in his career, including two editions of the ATP Finals (2018 and 2021) and the singles gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. of Grand Slam boasts the final at the US Open and the semifinals at the Australian Open and Roland Garros.

His best ranking is the No. 2 position in the ATP rankings, reached for the first time on June 13, 2022.

His father, ranked as high as No. 175 in the world, became the top male player nationwide, while his mother was the fourth female player in the Soviet Union. Both moved from Sochi to the capital to train at the military-run tennis club CSKA Moscow. The Soviet government often barred their players from competing outside the country, an impediment that limited how high one of Sascha's parents could rise in the world rankings.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union imminent, Irina went to Germany to participate in a tournament in 1990, accompanied by her husband as a coach. While in Germany, they were offered jobs as tennis instructors. After initially declining, they accepted a job offer at Hamburg's Uhlenhorster Hockey Club the following year and ended up settling in the country.