Ivan Lendl Now Coaching Zverev
It has been announed that Ivan Lendl will now be coaching Germany's Alexander "Sascha" Zverev, currently ranked No. 4 in the world, as all heads turn to next week's US Open Championships. The 21-year-old Zverev has been previously coached by his father, Alexander Sr., (a former Russian professional tennis player) and former World No. 1 and 2003 Roland Garros Champion Juan Carlos Ferrero.
Ivan Lendl, an 8-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1, stepped into the coaching arena at the end of 2011 to work with Andy Murray. Their partnership won Olympic gold (2012) for the young Scot and success continued through to the title at the 2012 US Open. Murray would reach a then career high rank of No. 3. The next year, Murray captured the 2013 Wimbledon title. Additionally, Lendl saw Murray take the Wimbledon title again in 2016 and successfully defend Olympic gold while also attaining World No. 1 status.
Ivan moved on to spending a portion of his time working with junior players at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. His role as a part-time scout and teacher has helped identify talented young American players, in the hopes of rallying American tennis to the highest level of success.
Zverev turned pro in 2015 and currently holds 9 career singles titles, three of which are Masters 1000 events. At Grand Slam events, Zverev's best showing was earlier this year at Roland Garros, reaching the quarterfinal, where he lost to Dominic Thiem in straight sets.
Zverev's playing style is described as being an all-court player, possessing skills of both an aggressive baseliner and a serve-and-volleyer, with a consistent serve and an excellent two-handed backhand. His second serve is particularly notable and has been clocked at over 130 mph. His main drawbacks are footwork, volleys and net play. Zverev also possesses a strong forehand, particularly cross-court. Look for Ivan to work with Zverev on technical and tactical play as well as fitness and mental toughness.