Davis Cup in Hamburg: tennis spectacle without Alexander Zverev

SIt has been a long time since a tennis spectacle was so strongly focused on a German superstar as the Davis Cup in Hamburg. From the home perspective everything turned around from the start Alexander Zverev: from his promise to play for Germany this year despite all reservations about the new tournament mode, to the application of the German Tennis Association (DTB) with Zverev's birthplace for the intermediate round to the recently increased anticipation that the 25-year-old will be at Rothenbaum would make a comeback after more than three months of injury break.

Above all, the current fifth in the world rankings was planned as a top player who could reliably deliver points and increase the chances of reaching the final round. But now that Zverev was diagnosed with bone edema in his right foot, the mood barometer has dropped noticeably. The ace does not trump, but is out of play. Team boss Michael Kohlmann is counting on "the team now moving even closer together".

From this Wednesday, when the DTB selection meets France in their first game (2 p.m. on Servus TV and DAZN), Zverev can only play the mood cannon. "Sascha said that he would give full throttle from the outside," says Jan Lennard Struff, who is scheduled to be the second singles player alongside new star Oscar Otte. Struff has the burden of probably opening the Davis Cup game against France against Benjamin Bonzi.

Without Zverev, the chances of the DTB selection to finish the group with France, Australia and Belgium (Australia won the opening game against Belgium on Tuesday) at least as second and to reach the final round in the last week of November in Málaga, Spain, have decreased. The team boss knows that too cabbage manbut encourages everyone: "I'm still convinced that we could make it through to the next round." The undertaking is not impossible, as the French and Australians have to do without their exceptional talents Gael Monfils and Nick Kyrgios.

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