Alexander Mikhailovich Zverev (Александр Михайлович Зверев) was born on 22 January 1960. Alexander Zverev Sr. is a former professional tennis player from Russia who competed for the Soviet Union.
Alexander Zverev Sr. and his wife, professional tennis player Irina Zvereva, relocated to Germany in 1991. Their eldest son, Mischa Zverevwho was born in Russia but grew up with them in Germany and represents the family’s adopted country on the ATP World Tour. Zverev’s other son who’s name is Alexander, was born in Germany and turned professional in 2013.
Alexander Zverev Sr Professional Career
Alexander Zverev Sr. made his first appearance for the Soviet Davis Cup team in 1979.
Alexander Zverev Sr. earned a bronze medal in the men’s singles event at the 1983 Summer Universiade. Alexander Zverev Sr. won a singles gold medal in 1984 at the Friendship Games. He did better than two years earlier at the 1985 Summer Universiade, winning both the singles gold medal and the doubles gold medal, where he partnered with Sergi Leonyukand with him he earned a gold medal in the 1986 Goodwill Games.
During Alexander Zverev Sr’s career, he appeared in three Grand Slam tournaments. Zverev. qualified for the main draw and was beaten in the opening round by Tim Wilkison in the 1985 Australian Open. Zverev met Tim Mayotte again while he was playing as a qualifier, in the first round of the 1986 Wimbledon Championships and was defeated in straight sets.
Alexander Zverev Sr. played mostly on the Challenger circuit, where he was victorious over two top 50 players, Andrei Chesnokov and Jan Gunnarsson. At the 1985 Geneva Open, a Grand Prix tournament, he reached the second round.
He played his final Davis Cup tie in 1987 and then retired after taking part in 36 rubbers, from which he won 18. One of 36 rubbers was a doubles win over the Czechoslovak pairing of Libor Pimek and Tomáš Šmíd, the latter ranked number one in the world for doubles at the time. Three-time Soviet champion in men’s singles and 4-time winner in men’s doubles.