Alexander Zverev began this season ranked 136, but managed to climb to a career high 74 by the end of June. As the youngest player in the top 100, he has clinched the ATP Star of Tomorrow award for 2015.
Promise Shown At An Early Age
The young German powerhouse has spent the majority of his career with a backdrop of constant expectations from the world that watches him. At only 18 years of age, he has already been deemed a prodigy for the future. He began playing tennis at the age of five and rose quickly in his junior career. His best result came in 2014 as he won the Australian Open Junior Boy's singles title.
2015 Highlighted By First Grand Slam Main Draw
Zverev has had a thrilling year in 2015 both on the main ATP circuit and in Challenger events. In the latter, his greatest achievement was winning the ATP Challenger Tour title at Heilbronn. That title is what paved his way to enter the top 100 for the first time in his career.
He secured some noteworthy victories at the ATP level at the Aegon Open Nottingham with wins against Mikhail Kukushkin and Thomaz Bellucci. That result pushed Zverev inside the Top 100 in the rankings, up to a career best at number 74. 2015 was also the year where he made the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time at Wimbledon. Zverev went on to win his first Grand Slam match in the same tournament against Teymuraz Gabashvili.
Other notable results for the German this year include a run to the semifinals of the Bastad Open in Sweden where he managed to defeat Juan Monaco and Thomaz Bellucci. During the summer, he reached the quarterfinals at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. En route to the quarterfinals, the 18-year-old scored an emphatic win over Kevin Anderson and also beat Alexandr Dolgopolov
Breakout Year Could Be Coming In 2016
It is evident that Zverev will be a force to be reckoned with next year as he improves as a player. His baseline play, coupled with pivotal assets such as his two handed backhand and powerful serve make him a dangerous opponent for the future. He will be one to watch and one that his rivals will definitely be fearful of when they take the court against him.