Zverev: advantage old guard after coronavirus but then change

The old guard of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will have experience on their side when tennis can resume after the coronavirus pandemic, German player Alexander Zverev has said.

But Zverev also told Wednesday’s edition of the Sport Bild weekly that a change of the guard is still imminent in the sport.

Tennis is suspended until at least mid-July since March, and Zverev expects the big three to come out of the blocks strongly “because they have more experience and know exactly what they have to do.

“They are also fresh after the break. So the break is more of an advantage for the older players. But I am convinced: after that comes the changing of the guard.”

Zverev, 22, is one of the rising players and currently ranked seventh in the world. He is in Florida at the moment with his family and coaching staff, and said he can train on court.

The German said he would accept playing behind closed doors and that “it would be great if we could play two grand slams this year.”

Wimbledon has been cancelled, the US Open remain scheduled for now at their early September slot despite New York being hit hard by the pandemic, and the French Open have moved their event to later in September and October.

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