“I am in the privileged position of living a life,” Alexander Zverev opens up on his childhood struggle with diabetes

World No.2 Alexander Zverev opens up on living with diabetes since the age of 4 and talks about his hardships.

Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev
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Alexander Zverev is a German professional tennis player whose career highlights include victories at the 2018 and 2021 ATP Finals and a gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The German is regarded as one of tennis’ up-and-coming stars; because of his youth, Zverev is considered to be one of the sport’s top stars of the future. The German was reared in a tennis-playing family; both his father and brother are players.

This year, Zverev has missed various significant competitions, including Wimbledon. The German hasn’t played since the French Open 2022 semifinal against Rafael Nadal when he suffered an ankle injury mid-match and is still recovering from it. Late in the second set against Nadal, Zverev hurt himself while racing for a shot. He fell to the ground, grabbed his right ankle, and screamed in pain, forcing him to quit the play.

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“I want to show that we can go very far with this disease” Alexander Zverev on living with diabetes

Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev, who became an Olympic champion almost a year ago, publicly revealed that he has diabetes as part of the launch of his foundation, the “Alexander Zverev Foundation”. The goal is to help people with this disease, especially those who do not have access to the necessary care.

The German explained that he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of four. “When I was little I didn’t think much about it, then more and more. I want to show that you can go very far with this disease. Now, many years later and also With the successes behind me, I feel comfortable and confident enough to go public with this initiative.” Zverev wants to be a role model for people with the disease, but also support for children “who can still avoid getting diabetes with active living and proper prevention.”

In addition to providing insulin and other vital medications, his foundation funds project for affected children and youth. “I am in the privileged position of living a life that I always wanted to live. I always wanted to play tennis, travel to tournaments all over the world, and be one of the best tennis players in the world. That I have achieved it is mainly thanks to my parents and my brother, who always supported me unconditionally and continue to do so,” he said.

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