Alexander Zverev signs up to play clay tournament after Wimbledon


Alexander Zverev has signed up to play in Hamburg this year, per Michal Samulski.

Zverev, 26, is set to make his sixth Hamburg appearance.

Zverev made his Hamburg debut in 2013, when he as a wildcard was beaten by Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round.

The following year, Zverev made the Hamburg semifinal as a 17-year-old. 

In 2019 – which was Zverev’s last appearance in Hamburg – the German reached his second semifinal at the tournament. 

Between July 24-30, Zverev will return to the clay courts of Hamburg for the first time in four years.

How will Zverev do in front of his home fans in Hamburg?

Last week, Zverev competed on the clay courts of Munich.

For a second consecutive year, Zverev was shockingly beaten in his Munich opener.

After a first-round bye in Munich, Zverev suffered a 7-6 (2) 6-4 defeat to Christopher O’Connell in the round-of-16.

After the match, Zverev admitted he was again feeling the pressure of playing in front of his home fans.

Also, Zverev admitted the cold conditions in Munich didn’t help either.

“It was so cold, and I did not like the clay. These are not conditions for me. In the last few years, I have had a hard time dealing with the pressure of playing in Germany. I put pressure on myself and know how the last few years have gone here. I have not played well here since 2018. I play wonderfully in training; I have not lost more than two games and not a single set. But it’s completely different in the matches,” Zverev said after losing to O’Connell.

Meanwhile, 28-year-old O’Connell couldn’t hide his happiness after upsetting former world No 2 Zverev.

After the match, O’Connell was asked whether it was his career-best win.

“Yeah, for sure. It’s definitely hard playing Zverev here in front of his home crowd,” O’Connell said after beating Zverev.

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