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Triple start in Japan for Zverev

German’s player Alexander Zverev wants to have a triple start at the Olympics in Tokyo: in singles, doubles and mixed.

Zverev is keen to take part at the Olympic Games “unless I have to go into quarantine for four weeks beforehand and am not allowed out of the room. Then the form would be gone and a start would be pointless…” he said in an interview with a German newspaper. A quarantine seems not to be planned by the organisers so far.

In the interview, the 24-years-old also said that: “… the triple load doesn’t matter, that’s the Olympics. You put up with everything to get the maximum for your country…” 

In the mixed play, he wants to compete with Angelique Kerber. In doubles, his match partner will be Tim Puetz, with whom he last reached the semifinals in Madrid.

Before Tokyo, the next tennis highlight is the French Open in Paris. Based on Zverev’s win in Madrid last week, including his win over Rafael Nadal, Zverev counts towards the favourites. But Zverev himself stays humbled. He still sees Nadal, who 13 times at Roland Garros, as the top favourite. “That hasn’t changed. He’s the one to beat. The chance for him is relatively big. Our task is to prevent that. Novak, Domi, me and some others, we are challenged,” the German said.

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