German tennis star Alexander Zverev insists that winning gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics came as a result of years of hard work and sacrifice.
Zverev, ranked at No. 5 in the world, captured his maiden gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics after beating Karen Khachanov in the final.
In the semifinal, Zverev recovered from a set and a break down to stun world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
After stunning Djokovic, Zverev dropped only a total of four games against Khachanov in the final.
“People from the outside probably have a hard time understanding (what it means to win gold). After all, the gold we win is not real gold. Our gold consists of years of sacrifice, hard work, sleepless nights, training sessions you don’t feel like doing, discipline, lots of tears. Only other athletes understand how much you have to invest and how much you suffer,” Zverev told BILD.
Zverev feels for Simone Biles
Gymnast Biles made the headlines at the Tokyo Olympics after pulling out of multiple events due to her mental health wellbeing.
“Simone will have felt a lot of pressure, she had a big weight on her shoulders. She won gold four times at the age of 19, everyone expected her to win another five now. Most people in the world have the pressure to earn money to ensure their survival or to have food for the next day. One only has the pressure to win because one already is one of the best in your sport. This pressure should give you self-confidence. But everyone deals with it differently,” Zverev said.
“I can’t advise her anything because don’t know her personally. All I can is that mental health is extremely important. One has to master the pressure and deal with it. Hats off that Simone came back and won bronze on the balance beam. That’s a good sign.”