Zverev on hiding diabetes: "I was always afraid that my opponents would feel stronger against me"
Alexander Zverev confirmed yesterday that he does indeed suffer from Diabetes which was been suspected by many tennis fans in the past.
Zverev was spotted several times on the court with some sort of device that fans thought are blood sugar monitors. The German never commented on that publicly but over time more and more evidence surfaced that Zverev probably does indeed suffer from Diabetes. He finally confirmed it publicly yesterday:
“Until now, not many people knew that I had diabetes. I was always afraid that my opponents would feel stronger against me if they knew about my illness. Today it’s different and (I have) no worries anymore. I feel comfortable and safe enough to go public with this initiative.”
While announcing it publicly he also formed his foundation that will tackle the issue by helping children around the world suffering from diabetes as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle that minimizes the risk of developing it over time.
"Today, the Alexander Zverev Foundation has officially come to life, supporting children with type 1 diabetes and helping people prevent type 2 diabetes by living a healthy and active life. Our mission is to provide insulin and life-saving medicine to children in developing countries and those in need.”