"I love my Chinese fans": Zverev showered with gifts from fans ahead of China Open

Alexander Zverev took to social media to thank his Chinese fans after he arrived at his hotel room in China to a multitude of gifts ahead of the Chengdu Open.

The German player has achieved a strong comeback in recent weeks after an ankle injury sustained at the 2022 French Open put him out of action for a while and saw him drop in the ATP Ranking.

At the US Open, Zverev ousted nineteenth seed Grigor Dimitrov before emerging victorious from a grueling five-set battle with Jannik Sinner to set up a quarter-final clash with Carlos Alcaraz.

Although he was ultimately defeated by the Spaniard in straight sets, his deep run at the Slam saw the former World No. 2 re-enter the top 10 in the rankings at No. 10. Now, he is preparing to play at the ATP 250 event in Chengdu as the top seed.

This is the first time that the Tour has returned to China in four years after strict Covid-19 restrictions made it difficult to compete in the country.

Zverev's Chinese fans leave variety of gifts

Upon his arrival, the 26-year-old was greeted with an array of gifts left by his Chinese fans and he took to social media to thank them and show off what they had given him.

"I love my Chinese fans," he wrote on his Instagram story, followed by two heart emojis. The caption was accompanied by pictures of drawings turned into key rings and badges.

He also shared a photo of a phone cover adorned with two puppies, as well as several other items decorated with China's national symbol of the giant panda.

As the highest-ranked player at the Chengdu Open, Zverev will receive a bye to the Round of 16, where he will face either Daniel Elahi Galan or a qualifier.

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