With Alexander Zverev minus an outside coach and management, Team Sascha may be casting around for a deal to lure Boris Becker into the fold.
No. 7 Zverev parted company this week with Roger Federer’s Team8 management and is no longer guided on court by retired Spanish battler David Ferrer.
Germany’s Sky has quoted elder Zverev brother Mischa, who hopes to bring former great Becker onboard as a coach.
Zverev is currently due to use father Alexander Sr. at the upcoming Australian Open, with Mischa – an ATP journeyman – helping out along with former Challenger player Sergei Bubka of the Ukraine..
The plan fits in with the family’s go-it-alone approach after the split with Team8. But Becker could be the missing link after guiding Novak Djokovic to several Grand Slam titles in the past decade.
But restrictions on travel groups in the current COVID climate might make at least one of the proposed coaching team members into a fifth wheel unable to take the 2021 tournament trips.
Becker previously offered advice to Zverev when the six-time Grand Slam winner served as head of German men’s tennis and captained the side last January at the ATP Cup.
Mischa Zverev insisted that the split from the Federer camp was for purely business reasons; his brother has attracted bad publicity in recent months for personal problems and lax attention to quarantine niceties
“The management must also be present at the tournaments, which is difficult in the current situation,” he said. “Team8 will continue to advise us if necessary. But we have decided to put more emphasis on the family now.
“Roger isn’t a manager, he’s a player himself. He and Sascha are still great friends.”
Zverev is currently serving out his quarantine in Melbourne prior to the delayed February 8 start of the Australian Open.