What an inspiration! The Zverev brothers’ story is a great compliment for the Tennis World and a good life lesson.
Alexander Sr., their father and coach, succeeded what few to none can: he is training both his sons and both are in top 30 in the World. What an amazing accomplishment!
What is more interesting is that the players’ styles are so different. Sascha is a power player and plays fast with well-placed ground strokes. He is defensive by nature and can stay in rallies with the best players and win. Mischa, the older brother, likes to play offensive, coming to the net very often. He has a good serve and a great volley, but he is rather slow and can’t really stay in long rallies. Alexander Jr. is right-handed and Mischa is left-handed.
The older brother had a wrist surgery a few years ago that almost made him retire from the pro circuit. He started teaching Tennis to young people. But when Alexander started to have an impact in the Tennis world, that served him as an inspiration and made him want to return to the ATP tour.
Playing with the kids and teenagers that he was training, he realized that he can still do damage on the Tennis court, even though he didn’t have enough power at that time in his backhand, hitting a lot of slices.
The brothers support each other and also look-up to one another. They motivate themselves and learn from their experience.
Mischa is a good player, important for the balance of Tennis. He plays a vintage style, serve and volley. Very few still use it. But it seems that it suits and works for him. His game is complimented on grass and fast courts. He has the best year of his career, reaching a ranking high, number 25 ATP.
But the talk of the Tennis world is the Next Gen Superstar, Sascha. With an outstanding potential and all the possible weapons in his arsenal, he has all the chances to reach for the stars. To be World number 1 one day. He is already part of the elite and was able to win two ATP Masters this year, defeating two of the greats in the finals: Djokovic and Federer.
He is versatile and can play well on all surfaces. He still needs to improve on his consistency and patience, but he is already showing great wisdom for his age and strong mental on the court in hard moments. He is highly regarded by the Tennis legends, but he stays humble and looks up to them.
I believe that Zverev brothers brought a lot to the Tennis table and helped each other grow. They both are very competitive and nobody takes them lightly when they see them on the other side of the net.