Puppy love for Sascha Zverev as world no. 3 adopts dog at Miami Masters

Hannah Wilks in Tennis News 20 Mar 2019
  • Alexander Zverev adopted a puppy in Miami
  • World no. 3 Zverev added 'Pop' to existing dog Lovik ahead of Miami Masters
Alexander Zverev and John Isner with puppies during their visit to the Greater Miami Humane Society - photo via ATPTour.com

It was puppy love for Alexander Zverev in Miami as he adopted a new dog.

World no. 3 Alexander 'Sascha' Zverev turned a promotional visit to a pet rescue charity into something more personal as he promptly adopted a puppy himself.

Ahead of the Miami Masters, which begins on Wednesday 20 March, Zverev was one of the players who visited the Humane Society of Greater Miami, a dog and cat adoption facility, on Tuesday.

The Zverev family, which includes older brother Mischa who is also an ATP Tour pro currently ranked world no. 75, already owns one dog - a poodle named Lovik who is often featured on the player's Instagram account and seen on the practice courts or courtside after matches.

Zverev celebrates with Lovik after beating Novak Djokovic to win the Nitto ATP Finals in 2018 (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

But Lovik is getting a little brother after Zverev fell in love with a puppy looking for a home during Tuesday's promotional visit.

'Sascha came into the room, Pop walked over to him and they had a major, major cuddle session. It was love at first site,' said Jossie Aguirre, Humane Society of Greater Miami Director of Marketing and Special Events.

Zverev promptly adopted the two-month-old terrier mix and started making plans to have him shipped to his home in Monaco - although he said he might change the puppy's name to something German or Russian.

'He's still in my arm [and] very calm,' Zverev said. 'He seems quite happy and I'm very happy to take him home.'

Zverev and Isner weren't the only players to visit with the puppies. Several WTA Tour players also visited the Humane Society, including Ashleigh Barty, Danielle Collins, Dubai champion Belinda Bencic and Jelena Ostapenko - whose trademark thick plait proved just too tempting to the playful puppies. 

It all provided a welcome dose of good cheer on a day which sadly saw play washed out due to heavy rain. 

Main-draw WTA Tour matches were due to begin on Tuesday but have now been packed into a gargantuan order of play for Wednesday 20 March, with the 32 women's seeds expected to play their first matches on Thursday 21 March. The men's seeds should play their first matches on Friday 22 March.

The Miami Open has relocated to the Hard Rock Stadium in 2019, with Roger Federer, eight-time champion Serena Williams and world no. 1s Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka due to participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

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Puppy love for Sascha Zverev as world no. 3 adopts dog at Miami Masters

Alexander Zverev fell in love with eight-week-old terrier mix Pop and promptly adopted the pup during a promotional visit to the Humane Society of Greater Miami ahead of the Miami Masters

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