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Zverev returns to Germany’s Davis Cup team; and part of the Ukrainian charity

origin 1German tennis player Alexander Zverev on the Munich driving range. Olympic champion Alexander Zverev returns to Germany’s Davis Cup squad for a qualifying draw against Switzerland next month. Sven Hoppe/dpa

Olympic champion Alexander Zverev returns to Germany’s Davis Cup squad for a qualifying draw against Switzerland next month.

Zverev, who has returned to action after a lengthy ankle injury, leads an incomplete squad announced on Wednesday by the German Tennis Federation (DTB) for their February 3-4 home draw in Trier.

Oscar Otte, Jan-Lennard Struff and Tim Pütz have also been picked by captain Michael Kohlmann, with the latter player to be named at a later stage.

Kohlmann said Zverev’s return will strengthen the squad he last played for in a 2022 qualifier against Brazil before a serious ankle injury picked up at the French Open ruled him out of the group stage in Hamburg and the finals in Spain, where Germany went out in the quarterfinals against eventual champions Canada.

“Alexander has stated from the very beginning that he is willing to support us again this year in the Davis Cup. It shows that he, like the whole team, has big goals in this competition,” said Kohlmann.

“We have shown that we can compete with the best teams in the world in all formations. With Alexander in the squad we are improving our chances even more.”

Zverev returned to the ATP during the current United Cup mixed team event in preparation for the Australian Open which kicks off on January 16.

Leading up to that comes a Tennis Plays for Peace charity event on Melbourne’s Grand Slam center court on Jan. 11, where Zverev will join the likes of Carlos Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal, Coco Gauff and Maria Sakkari, according to a statement Wednesday. .

All funds raised go to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine by UNICEF Australia and Global Giving, he said.