The German was excited to receive the award for the runner-up of the American Grand Slam.
Alexander Zverev came very close to winning the first Grand Slam of his career in New York. But the US Open title narrowly escaped the German, who after falling in five sets to Dominic Thiem had very emotional moments on the cement of Arthur Ashe. It is that at the time of accepting his runner-up trophy, the number seven in the world he remembered his parents, Irina and Alexander (who is also his coach), who could not accompany him in the tournament because they tested positive for coronavirus. And it broke.
“There are special people who could not be in the gallery today. I want to thank my parents,” he managed to say. Sascha Before his voice broke “They are always with me and accompany me wherever I go. But unfortunately my dad and my mom tested positive for coronavirus before the tournament and they couldn’t be here. I miss them,” he said.
Then he needed another moment to recover, because the emotion would not let him speak.
“This is difficult. I’m sure they are proud of me, despite the loss. Hopefully one day I can bring the trophy home“he commented with tears in his eyes.
The German, who played his first final in a “big”, also took a few seconds to congratulate Thiem, who turned an incredible match around to become the first champion born in the 1990s in this category.
“I want to congratulate Thiem on the first of many Grand Slams that he is going to win. This is not going to be the only one, I’m sure. It was a tough battle. I would have liked you to err a bit more so I would now be lifting the trophy. But here I am, giving the runner-up’s speech, “he commented, sad but without completely losing his sense of humor.
Zverev also recalled his team, who accompanied him in what he himself recognized were “two difficult years in my career.” Whoever got to be in the third step of the ranking lived some difficult moments personally in recent seasons, which affected his game a bit.
But in this 2020, in which he added Spanish David Ferrer to his team as a coach – who could not accompany him in New York either – he again enjoyed on the court. And that was reflected in the results.
“My team stayed by my side and I want to thank them for that. The last two years have not been easy in my career. We are definitely on the rise and I hope that one day, we can lift this trophy all together, “he said.