Alexander Zverev ditches coach after poor start to season

World number five Alexander Zverev has parted company with his coach Juan Carlo Ferrero, according to reports.

The former world number one has been working with Zverez since July, initially on a trial basis, but Spanish newspaper Marca report that relationship is now at an end.

Marca reports that that situation is ‘insuperable’, with the pair at odds over off-court matters, with Ferrero hoping to improve the German’s professionalism while Zverev himself is keen to enjoy more personal freedom.

Zverev has had a tough start to the year with disappointing performances in both the Australian Open and Rotterdam.

For the short term at least, the German’s father, Alexander Zverev Sr., a former Soviet tennis player will step into the breach, with Boris Becker also taking a more active role in the 20-year-old’s development.