Tennis: Zverev is out of the Davis Cup game in Hungary due to illness

Zverev is out of the Davis Cup game in Hungary due to illness

Alexander Zverev will not be able to play for the German Davis Cup team. photo

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This failure hits the German tennis team hard: Alexander Zverev will be missing in Hungary.

Top player Alexander Zverev will be missing from the German Davis Cup team in the upcoming qualifying game in Hungary.

The Australian Open semi-finalist is still suffering from an infection that weakened him in the recent defeat against the Russian Daniil Medvedev in Melbourne, the German Tennis Association announced. Maximilian Marterer is replacing the 26-year-old from Hamburg in the team for the game on Friday and Saturday in Tatabanya.

“We hoped until the end that Alexander would be able to support us against Hungary after his strong performances in Australia. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time for him to get fit in time,” said German Davis Cup team boss Michael Kohlmann. “Now we have to stand together as a team to compensate for the loss.” Kohlmann was convinced that the German team could survive without Zverev.

The team also includes veteran Jan-Lennard Struff, Dominik Koepfer and the doubles specialists Tim Pütz and Kevin Krawietz. Left-hander Marterer immediately agreed to step in for Zverev after his opening defeat at the ATP tournament. The 92nd in the world rankings had already done this successfully in the relegation game in Bosnia-Herzegovina last September.

In Hungary it is now about qualifying for the group stage of the Davis Cup in September. The hosts’ squad includes two players from the top 100 in the world rankings: Fabian Marozsan and Marton Fucsovics.


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