James Bracey shares his daughter’s diabetes battle with Alexander Zverev
Bracey has interviewed some of the world’s most famous athletes. He knows more than most how powerful their voices can be.
That’s why he was so grateful that someone of Zverev’s stature was speaking publicly about the illness and thanked the 25-year-old for his willingness to share details of his journey.
“It can be quite isolating,” Bracey said of his experience. “It helps to educate people about it. You live quietly through this everyday life that only a few people know about. I feel like I was so naive back then.
“For someone like Zverev, going out there is tremendous on two fronts: first, it helps people who are struggling to realize that there are other people out there who know their pain; but secondly, it also offers aspirations for young children that they can do anything. You can win Olympic medals and travel the world even though you have Type 1.”
Zverev recently launched the Alexander Zverev Foundation, which supports children with diabetes and provides essential medicines to people in developing countries.
“My parents were very scared,” Zverev said to Bracey. “They were very worried. Mom cried a lot.”
“Many parents are intimidated by many doctors who say, ‘Your child is very disabled,’ which is not the case. I always said to the doctors, ‘Yes, I want to play tennis. That’s the only thing that really matters to me.
“Some of them said, ‘No, you have to stop … there’s no way you can be a professional athlete with this kind of disease. There is no way to do such a hard physical sport.
“That really stuck in my mind, upset me quite a bit … to be honest. I don’t think you should put any limits on kids because I don’t think it’s fair to them.”
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