BERLIN (AFP) – Newly-crowned Olympic males’s tennis champion Alexander Zverev arrived dwelling in Germany to a hero’s welcome on Tuesday (Aug 3) earlier than turning his consideration to trying to win a primary Grand Slam title on the US Open later this month.
The 24-year-old touched down in Germany, two days after brushing apart Karen Khachanov in a 6-3, 6-1 victory to take the lads’s singles Olympic title in Tokyo on Sunday.
Zverev joked that he had left his bag of rackets on the luggage carousel – “I will not want it for just a few days now anyway” – after being met by a crowd of tons of of followers, together with his pet canines, in Hamburg.
“Now I wish to take pleasure in all this for just a few days,” he added, “then I’ll take into consideration the US Open” which begins on Aug 30.
Zverev, ranked fifth on this planet, reached his first – and solely – Grand Slam remaining in New York final yr.
Regardless of the lengthy journey dwelling, Zverev was nonetheless buzzing from his victory in Tokyo, the place the sensation of successful gold “was one of the best I’ll ever have in my profession, I am unable to even describe it”.
He has now “received every thing besides a Grand Slam. After all, that continues to be the large objective,” Zverev added with one eye on the US Open.
Zverev, who was born in Hamburg, has a busy few days of appointments, together with a whistle-stop journey to signal the Hanseatic Metropolis’s “Golden E-book”.
The ornate quantity, donated to the town in 1897, has through the years featured well-known figures and high-ranking company from politics, enterprise, tradition and sport.
“I am deeply honoured to get this chance,” Zverev mentioned after writing within the guide. “A dream has come true – the gold medal is in Hamburg.”