Agent Apey weighs in on Alexander Zverev ditching him for Roger Federer’s Team8

Agent Patricio Apey said he would have taken Alexander Zverev to Roger Federer if he approached him and told him he wanted to change ACE Group International for Team8. Apey took Zverev under his wing when he was still a teenager and helped the German secure several lucrative sponsorship and endorsement deals.

But Zverev decided to ditch Apey’s ACE Group and instead sign with Federer’s management firm Team8 in 2019. Zverev later found himself in a lawsuit with ACE Group but the two sides were able to strike a settlement.

“He never had the time or the desire to talk about it. When he got to number 3 with me, a fabulous end of the year, with seven advertising contracts, someone convinced him that the grass is greener on the other side.

If he had told me he wanted to go with Federer, I would have taken him to them, and told them he’s a nice guy, sensitive, and to watch out for the ego. However, that has to be arranged, it can’t be that he decides to cut me out, alone.

I saw him a couple of times and told him we were going to spend a lot of money fighting. ‘If you want to talk, let’s talk. If not here, you have my phone.’ And he never wanted to talk. And I understand, he’s young,” Apey told CLAY.

Apey: Zverev went from seven to one sponsorship deal

Just a few months after Olya Sharypova accused Zverev of domestic violence, Team8 split with the German.

Zverev has also lost several sponsorship deals since. “Look, I am calm, I sleep well. Looking at the past, things are very clear: two years ago, he had seven contracts and, as far as I know, now he has one left. He is a very good player and he is going to win many Grand Slams, but the time of being the prince before being the king may have slipped away.

If he wins five Wimbledons, he can change things. He’s like a typical champion tennis player who always knows more than the other guy. I have no problem with him. Things happen, he must have his reasons. He made it clear in the press.

I don’t know if it was him or if it was his lawyers who wanted to celebrate triumphs or whatever,” Apey explained.

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