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Breaking News: Zverev Working With Lendl in Tampa

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By Scoop Malinowski

A source has revealed that Alexander Zverev is currently working this week with tennis legend Ivan Lendl.

The two were photographed at the famous tennis resort Saddlebrook and are working together. It’s not known if a long term deal has been agreed to between Lendl and Zverev or if this partnership is just a short term union.

Ivan Lendl is the former ATP world no. 1 and a multiple grand slam champion Hall of Famer. He previously coached Andy Murray to his first major title wins.

Zverev is currently ranked number 3 by the ATP but has yet to achieve any notable success in grand slam play. The 21-year-old German has won eight ATP singles titles but his best result in a major was quarterfinals at Roland Garros this year.  So far, the talented Zverev has won three Masters 1000 titles, two last year in Rome and Canada and this year in Madrid.



  • Jg · July 24, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Zverev looks ripped, Lendl looks a little like Jerry Seinfeld in that picture

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 24, 2018 at 10:16 am

    JG, Zverev has always been ripped but he’s been bulking up lately. Looks a lot stronger. Duke, any truth to JG’s rumor mill that Ivan Lendl is the half brother of Jerry Seinfeld? 🙂

  • Dan Markowitz · July 24, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I don’t think Jerry would take too kindly to that resemblance remark, but Ivan’s supposed to be wickedly funny. Still cNt believe how Lendl let himself get portly. He used to cycle, do aerobics, play tennis forever. I know he’s has back problems, but still this was Iron Ivan. He should take up yoga or get back on his bike.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 24, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Lendl looks pretty good, he was fatter before. I think his training as a player was extreme and his diet very strict and that’s why he looked like a champion fighter with not a half ounce of body fat or unnecessary weight. Then when he retired he lived normally and began to look normal. Once you put on that weight after 40 it’s hard to take off. He probably doesn’t care to lose the weight, he’s happy living eating the way he does.

  • Duke Carnoustie · July 24, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Scoop, no truth to that rumor!

    Lendl became an avid golfer and no way to stay in shape playing a non-athletic sport like that. Dan id right, it is sad to see him pack on the weight.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 24, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Donald Young wins his first match since February in Delray Beach (6162 vs Ramanathan) today beating Dr Ivo 46 76 76. DY seeking to build up his ranking from the current 230.

  • Joe Blow · July 24, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Young deserved the win. Hit some good passing shots, once they got back on today.

    Dr Ivo is done!! Lost 10 mph’s on his serve, 2nd serve is breaking down. Lost 2 steps getting to net, bh, and FB..Wouldn’t want to face him in a first round, but after that, no fear. Play doubles for a few years, or it Challengers, and quailes, the rest of the way

  • Dan Markowitz · July 24, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Scoop, this is Ivan Lendl, he set a different standard for fitness in tennis. You’re right, it was extreme, but what Michael Jordan did was extreme too and you don’t see him walking around twenty pounds overweight. Maybe Lendl should’ve stayed in Connecticut instead of moving to Florida where it’s so hot in summer it’s hard to be active. Look at Johnny Mac, he hardly did any off court work and now he’s still very fit and he’s never had any surgeries.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 24, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I read that Ivo choked. At 5-5 and 6-6 in each TB he double faulted. He also double faulted four times in one game last week in Newport in the loss to Sela who he was 6-0 head to head against but lost in the third set. Ivo and DY both with very low confidence tanks right now.

  • Duke Carnoustie · July 24, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I watched the match. DY was horrible in losing the first four games and serving at around 90 mph on his first serve then. Looked like an amateur. But that was yesterday.

    Today DY looked like the player who had a solid career – at times. He was returning better. Meanwhile, Ivo couldn’t serve well curiously though he was only broken once. Yet it came when he was up 4-2 in the decider. He double-faulted in both breakers yet DY tried to choke too.

    The crowd support helped DY since he was struggling himself with some double faults. Now he has a winnable match with Ebden so perhaps he will gain the points he needs for direct entry into U.S. Open qualifying.

  • Dan Markowitz · July 24, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    What’s wrong with Komkanaikis. No offense to Noah Rubin, but come on, Kokkanaikis has made Kyrgios career in comparison look like he’s won 5 slams already. Here’s another example of a little guy starting to build a respectable career in possibly Rubin.

  • Chazz · July 24, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Where is the Atlanta tournament televised? I can’t find it anywhere.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 24, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Kokkinakis has been irrelevant since he beat Fed in Miami. Then he had the fall on clay in Paris on the Maui Jim ad on court. Curious player who goes hot and cold. Doesn’t seem to be in that Hewitt clique, seems like an outsider to the Aussie DC clique for some odd reason, he should have been in Newport.

  • Duke Carnoustie · July 25, 2018 at 1:42 am

    Also the Fritz-Ramanathan match was a good one. Ramanathan was quite impressive and has potential, easy to see why he had success in Newport. Fritz served well and 4 and 4 was a tight match.

    Fritz has a big one with Chung tomorrow. That’s a high-stakes showdown. Also I like Fritz’s headband, makes him more intimidating.

  • Chazz · July 25, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Duke, what tv network are you seeing this on? Fritz-Chung is
    a must see. Fritz and Foe final would be amazing.

  • Joe Blow · July 25, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Espn3.. go to WatchESPN

  • Chazz · July 25, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Ok thanks Joe.

  • George · July 25, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I subscribe to

    $99 for a year and you can watch every single ATP match live and replay all of them (minus the grand slams).

  • Duke Carnoustie · July 25, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Youzhny announced his retirement on TV last night. Another who should retire is Paolo Lorenz – he can’t win a match anymore.

  • Chazz · July 25, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Fritz must be pretty frustrated about how that match went. He played well at the early and late parts of the match but had too many errors in the middle. Chung is an elite talent (heading for top 10 or top 5 in a year or two in my opinion), but he hadn’t played a match in 10 weeks due to injury. Hard court is Fritz’s best surface so that was a match he probably thought he should win.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 25, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Tim Mayotte broke down Fritz’s deficiencies in the article below this one on the main page.

  • Duke Carnoustie · July 25, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Scoop, actually Mayotte said he hasn’t seen Fritz play much so his analysis means squat.

    I thought he played a decent match like Chazz said. Had chances in both sets.

    A few observations. I notice among Fritz and Foe that they like to try to outhit opponents and bully them. That’s OK on the Challenger circuit but won’t work against Top-25 comp. Fritz was pretty one-dimensional with trying to hit forehand winners as his whole game plan.

    The other part of that is that these guys just whack a forehand as hard as they can without positioning their body properly. I see this twofold as laziness and improper fitness. Chung’s efficiency of motion, in contrast, was excellent an his movement is far superior.

    Fritz was simply atrocious volleying. Many times he got himself into good positions but didn’t understand the angles and closing down space against passing shots. Annacone should help here.

    The upside is Fritz has tools and needs his body to mature a bit. He will get stronger physically, fill out and have that strength improve his fitness.

    It does worry me that none of the Americans move as well on court as Chung. I believe Chung will become the first Asian man to win a Slam.

  • Duke Carnoustie · July 25, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Interestingly, it was pointed out this week that Michael Stich went 5-4 in his career against the great Sampras.

    The great Fed went 11-8 against David Nalbandian, who retired five years ago and is only five months older than the great Fed.

  • Jg · July 25, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    I saw some highlights of Tiafoes match yesterday which he won and it appeared that he was doing some serve and volley and actually hit the volleys well, with some stick on them, maybenit was only the highlights but wonder if this is something he is working on.
    What you describe about Fritz’ match is just what Mayotte said, Fritz doesn’t look that balanced. Chung, like Djokovic, has impeccable balance. I wish I had a fraction of their balance so I wouldn’t have any issues with the back etc. I am actually surprised Djokovic had elbow issues, because my PT said a lot of shoulder and elbow issues derive from the lower body and balance.

  • Jg · July 25, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Marcus Willis is playing World Team Tennis for Philadelphia, what’s that about!

  • Jg · July 25, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Sandgren against Willis!

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 25, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Duke, if you see a player player two matches then that’s enough to make an analysis. I’m sure Tim has seen Fritz play at least twice. Tim is exactly right, Fritz looks weak in the legs. Chung has the best legs in tennis, you can really see how his legs are his stable foundation and how it is the source of power and efficiency of form. Fritz has to hit the squat rack twice a week. Chung vs Djokovic this summer on hard courts will be a match to see.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 25, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Stich’s induction is a bit of a surprise. One major, never world no. 1. Kind of a quiet, low key career. Why was he recognized over Sergi Bruguera, Albert Costa, JC Ferrero, Marcelo Rios, Kafelnikov, Mary Pierce, Carlos Moya, Johan Kriek? Or Thomas Johansson, Goran Ivanisevic, Gaston Gaudio, Richard Krajicek, Nicolas Massu? I think Stich’s induction opens the doors to players like Rios, Massu and the others mentioned. I would also seriously consider Todd Martin, not only because he was a very good player but for his sportsmanship and class as a player. He epitomized a throwback class player to the days of Tilden and Budge. Martin always reminded me of those old eras by the way he competed. He also came very close to winning majors a few times in a very tough era.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 25, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Marcus Willis is the all time tennis journeyman legend and if they ever institute a hall of fame for journeymen and ham and eggers, Willis will be a first ballot inductee! Good to see he is still out there grinding to be the next Victor Estrella, Jason Jung, Tennys Sandgren to blast his way into the top 60 range from Futures/Challengers obscurity.

  • Chazz · July 25, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Willis destroyed Tiafoe in their WTT match last week, 5-4, 5-4, 5-3, 5-1, 5-1.

    I think Chung is more like Djokovic than anyone else on tour. Lots of similarities between those two. First Asian man to win a Slam? I agree, very good prediction Duke.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 25, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    There is no one like Djokovic and there never will be but Chung may come the closest. Does he have the crazed ruthlessness and killer instinct of a super champion? He shows flashes of that kind of intensity but needs to summon it more. he’s a very nice kid but to be the best you have to be a killer and get blood on your hands and have a very strong dynamic personality. Chung is too passive at this stage. Too low key to be the top dog. It seems he’s just happy to be a top 10-20 type player, to be top 5 you have to be a bit of a freak. Hope I’m wrong as I like Chung a lot.

  • Dan Markowitz · July 25, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Yes but Stich won slams in both singles and doubles not many can claim that feat. I said it in 99 at Aussie-USA Davis Cup tie and I’ll say it again and it’s the truth: Watching Todd Martin play was like watching grass grow. He had that one breakout when he let his hair down so to speak at the Open, but I wouldn’t cross the street to see that dude play. And Todd if you’re reading, this has nothing to do with you not giving Spadea a wc into Newport Qualis a few years ago.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 26, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Dan, Korda won a singles major and was a doubles major finalist in 1990 with Goran at Roland Garros, lost to Sanchez/Casal. Muster is another who should be Hall of Fame , French Open and world no. 1.

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