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Alexander Zverev "I've decided to go back to my roots" as he drops Federer's management company

Alexander Zverev at French Open

Alexander Zverev has announced that he wants to go back to his roots, giving his family a bigger role in his career, as he leaves his former management company.

The World number seven had previously been signed to TEAM8, the sports management company co-owned by Roger Federer, that represents players such as Juan Martin del Potro and Coco Gauff.

But after a year of ups and downs for Zverev, the German appears to want more home comforts and support to help take his career to the next level.

Career wise, 2020 saw Zverev reach his first Grand Slam final at the US Open in August losing to his close friend Dominic Thiem.

But not long after, he was subject to some off-court public accusations by a former girlfriend regarding their personal relationship which he has since denied.

Zverev, who is currently preparing to lead Team Germany in the ATP Cup in Melbourne before the Australian Open, appears to be in a reflective mood.

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“What a year 2020 has been," Zverev wrote on Instagram.

"I reached my first Grand Slam final without my parents and brother being court-side due to them contracting COVID-19.

"An almost two year-long legal dispute with my former agent finally came to a successful resolution, so I have spent a lot of time thinking about my short and long term strategies going forward.

"For this reason and because of the ongoing worldwide restrictions, I have decided to go back to the roots and have my family help me with my coaching, as well as Mischa and Sergei Bubka with my management.

"I want to thank TEAM8 for the great work and tremendous experience, but we both feel that it’s the right decision to have my family take on a bigger role once again.”

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