Zverev: Becker “can not be my full-time coach”


Alexander Zverev has excluded a commitment from Boris Becker as head coach for the time being.

“He can not be my full-time coach when he works for Eurosport in the Grand Slam tournaments, he has his stuff, and I’m back with my dad, and that’s going to stay that way for a while now,” said Zverev in an interview with the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”.

Germany’s best tennis player in the semifinals of the ATP tournament in Acapulco has recently split from coach Juan Carlos Ferrero. After that there had been speculation about a cooperation between Zverev and Becker. The three-time Wimbledon winner had this but already rejected.

Zverev also said that there is currently no plan to get Becker as head coach. “I’ve never thought about it before, I think he’ll know things that would help me a lot, but at the moment there’s no connection with full-time employment,” said the native of Hamburg at FAZ. However, cooperation in the future did not completely exclude Zverev. He does not say “that it will never happen”.

As a reason for the separation from Ferrero he called disagreements after the Australian Open. “There was a moment when he was disrespectful to the entire team,” said the 20-year-old after his semi-final appearance: “That’s why we had to end the collaboration.”

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