According to NextGen star Alexander Zverev, he might have contracted the coronavirus in early January.
Zverev, who is currently ranked seventh in the world following the suspension of all tennis competitions because of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, said he was holidaying in China in the lead-up to the new year. Following that he arrived in Australia with symptoms which weren’t in line with any he had experienced before that.
Speaking to the Bild, Zverev said they were consistently ill with cough and had a fever for a couple of days when they arrived in Australia.
“You can’t imagine how I coughed for a month in Australia. I had a fever for two or three days and I coughed for five or six hours. Brenda too. We didn’t know what it was. It was a cough that I never had. I had no pain, but I coughed continuously every 10 seconds.”
Zverev went on to feature at the ATP Cup where he represented Germany and was dished out a pretty underwhelming performance. He lost all his three matches, going down to Alex De Minaur, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov as his side crashed out in the first round.
Later, the German went on to make it to the semifinal at the Australian Open, his first ever entry into the last-four at a Grand Slam. En route, he overcame Marco Cecchinato, Andrey Rublev and Stan Wawrinka before Dominic Thiem got the better of him in four tight sets.
In the other tournament he played after the Australian Open, Zverev was beaten in the second round at the Acapulco Open.
Earlier, Thiago Seyboth Wild, a Brazilian player who won the Santiago Open this year, revealed he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was taking every precaution possible to overcome it.