ATP Geneva: Alexander Zverev in search of form
Alexander Zverev starts at the ATP 250 tournament in Geneva in preparation for the major in Paris and hopes for a good omen from the past.
by Dietmar Kaspar
last edit: May 20, 2023, 07:12 am
Alexander Zverev didn't have to beg for long when tournament director Rainer Schüttler offered him a wildcard for the ATP 250 tournament in Geneva. As early as 2019, when the 26-year-old from Hamburg also had a very clear start to the clay court season, he accepted a short-term starting place at the tournament in French-speaking Switzerland after the defeat in Rome against Matteo Berrettini. There, the Olympic champion got in better and better form from match to match and was able to lift the trophy after a dramatic final against Nicolas Jarry from Chile. This was followed by his first quarter-finals in Roland Garros, where he was defeated by the then world rankings Novak Djokovic.
Free to start
With a bye for the top 4 seeded players, Zverev, who is in 3rd position, will also play his opening match in round two. There the two-time ATP world champion meets either Christopher Eubanks from the USA or the Frenchman Benoit Paire, who, like Zverev, is also at the start with a wildcard. The field is led by the two top 10 players Casper Ruud from Norway and the American Taylor Fritz.
Madrid finalist Jan-Lennard Struff, who can adorn himself with the title of German No. 1 from this week, canceled his participation today after the semi-final defeat at the ATP Challenger tournament in Bordeaux. The Warsteiner lost to Argentinian Tomas Martin Etcheverry 4:6, 2:6. This makes Zverev the only German direct starter in the main field.
Here the single tableau from Geneva