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Alexander Zverev French Open 2021

‘No event compares to the Olympics’, believes Alexander Zverev

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Alexander Zverev said he is “excited to compete for Germany, but also for medals” on his Olympics debut at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

The world number five – a winner of 15 ATP singles titles – thinks “no other sporting event compares to the Olympics”.

The German is planning to compete in singles, doubles with Jan-Lennard Struff, and mixed doubles – with his partner yet to be confirmed.

Zverev – the fourth seed – has landed in the top half of the men’s singles draw, with world number one Novak Djokovic a potential semi-final opponent.

“I’m very looking forward to it. Obviously with COVID it is going to be different, but I’m playing all three disciplines, I am excited to compete for Germany, but also compete for medals,” the 24-year-old told the ITF.

“It’s the biggest sporting event in the world. I think no other sporting event compares to the Olympics. You compete for your country, you compete for your team, you see all the other nations, all the other athletes that are there.

“You see legends from all different kinds of sports compete for the same thing. It’s very special. I think even though tennis is not an original Olympics sport, I think everybody who plays tennis is very much looking forward to it.”


Alexander Zverev French Open 2021
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