Zverev plays long game
Alexander Zverev was brutally honest about his form after losing to Czech Jiri Lehecka in the United Cup on Saturday.
The German former world No. 2 has played very little tennis since injuring three ligaments in his ankle in the French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.
He returned to tennis in December at a show event in Saudi Arabia, but Saturday’s match against Lehecka was his first ATP event since the French Open.
“Physically, I’m not at the level I need to be,” said Zverev. “That’s not even a question. I get tired, I think, a lot quicker than I used to. I’m not as fast as I probably was. I’ve honestly only been pain free for two or three weeks since Saudi Arabia basically.
“Before that I was in pain and couldn’t do all the different things I wanted to do. I don’t think it will be a question of tomorrow, the day after tomorrow. It will be a couple of weeks before I’m back to the level I want to be.”
Interestingly, Zverev, whose last ATP match was against Nadal, practiced with the Spaniard the day before his match against Lehecka.
Hewitt’s passion drives Kubler
You will hardly find a more patriotic and passionate Australian than Lleyton Hewitt.
For some, this can be intimidating. For Jason Kubler, that added to the motivation that helped him come back from 5-0 in the second set to defeat Brit Daniel Evans on Friday night.
“Luckily I was able to compete in the Davis Cup this year, so I had the chance to play in front of Lleyton,” he said.
“It’s a bit different playing in front of Lleyton. He’s so passionate that every point you just want to do whatever it takes to try and win it. I definitely feel a lot more comfortable playing in front of him.”
Greece is the word in Perth
Greek star Tsitsipas let the media down in Perth this week. He and Kyrgios have been at odds in recent months but he is gaining many admirers on the west coast.
He even paid tribute to a local restaurant when asked about the quality of Greek food in Perth.
“I wasn’t paid by them to promote them, but let’s just give the Souvla Boys a shout-out,” he said.
“If you are ever in need or in search [good food], if you are throwing a party here at home in Perth or anywhere in Western Australia I suggest you give them a call and they will set up a really good table for you with some souvla and some really good Greek stuff. Yes. call you.”
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