While Alexander Zverev is young and free at age 23, the same cannot be said for new coach David Ferrer.

As a result, the Spanish mentor’s travel plans for the Australian Open in January are still to be finalised. 

The problem: what is shaping up to be a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all players entering the locked-down island-continent. 

And that is before stepping out of a hotel room at the end of the confinement and getting onto a practice court.

Though Australian Open officials are desperately lobbying the government for a tennis exemption from the quarantine, that could end up being a long shot.

And the seventh-ranked Zverev could find himself on his lonesome in the Southern hemisphere starting in mid-December.

David Ferrer (ESP) in his playing days. Photo Anne Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd

The German is already steeling himself for a possible worst-case scenario:

“For Australia, we have to see as we have to travel there in (mid December) this time due to quarantine,” he said.

“That’s obviously a long time and David has a family of course. We will talk and decide that later.”

Ferrer is the father of an infant and might not be keen to spend up to six weeks away from home, according to Zverev’s own speculation.

The seventh-ranked player has had a mixed bag of results at the three Grand Slams played this COVID-influenced season, playing the US Open final against Dominic Thiem but falling in the French Open fourth round.


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