Alexander Zverev eyeing Davis Cup return

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Alexander Zverev eyeing Davis Cup return

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Tennis News: German tennis player Alexander Zverev is eyeing his return to competitive action in the group stage of the upcoming Davis Cup Finals.

The Tokyo Olympic champion has revealed that he is close enough to return to prime for the US Open, but that it will take him two weeks to fully prepare.

The world number 2 has not competed since sustaining a serious injury in the French Open semi-final against Spain’s Rafael Nadal.

The 2021 ATP Finals champion Zverev has decided to withdraw from this week’s US Open, but he has returned to the training field and has indicated that he will maintain his commitment to representing Germany at the Davis Cup in his hometown of Hamburg.

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“I feel very happy with my current position,” Zverev wrote on social media.

“It was a tough decision. The recovery process is still running. I don’t want to take the risk right now and play the best five-set match for the first time since I came back.”

“I’m definitely going to watch the tournament. Unfortunately, I don’t get another week or two to be 100 per cent healthy.”

Team Germany are scheduled to play France, Belgium and Australia in Group C in the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals to be played at Am Rothenbaum in Hamburg on September 13.

The German team will have a strong backing with the return of Zverev who will be joined by Davis Cup debutants, Oscar Otte who has reached the semifinals in Munich, Stuttgart and Halle this season and Jan Lennard Struff. Team Germany is also expected to use the experienced duo, Tim Puetz and Kevin Krawietz to go down in the doubles.

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Team captain Michael Kohlmann has led the German side since 2015 with the best result under his tutelage coming last season when they qualified for the semifinals before losing to Russia. Germany have not won a Davis Cup title since the 1993 season when they won it for the third time.

One of Germany’s opponents, France was hit hard enough after one of their mainstay players, Gael Monfils withdrew due to injury, leaving Benjamin Bonzi and Adrian Mannarino as their mainstay players.

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Meanwhile, Australia, which has a long history in the Davis Cup, will not be represented by Nick Kyrgios. But they can count on Alex De Minaur and Thanasi Kokkinakis. Team captain Lleyton Hewitt looks set to use Wimbledon champions Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell to strengthen the doubles.

The Davis Cup Finals group stage will feature 16 teams divided into four groups. Each group will play in a different country with Group A being held in Bologna, Italy; Group B in Valencia, Spain; and Group D in Glasgow, UK.

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