Bracey has interviewed some of the most famous athletes on the planet. He knows more than most how powerful their voices can be.
It is why he was so grateful to have someone of Zverev’s stature speak publicly about the disease, thanking the 25-year-old for his willingness to share details of his journey.
“It can be quite isolating,” Bracey said of his experience. “It helps to educate people on it. You’re quietly living through this daily grind that few people know about it. I feel like I was so naive back in the day.
“For someone like Zverev to go out there is huge on two fronts: one, it helps people who are battling through it realize there are other people out there who know their pain; but two, it also provides aspirations for young kids that you can do anything. You can win Olympic medals and travel the world despite having type 1.”
Zverev recently launched the Alexander Zverev Foundation, which supports children with diabetes and provides critical medication for those in developing countries.
“My parents were very scared,” Zverev told Bracey. “They were very worried. Mom was crying a lot.”
“A lot of parents get intimidated by a lot of doctors who say, ‘Your kid is very limited’, which is not the case. I always said to the doctors, ‘Yeah, well, I want to play tennis. That’s the only thing I really care about’.
“Some of them said, ‘No, you have to stop … there is no way you can be a professional athlete with this kind of illness. There is no way you can play such a hard physical sport’.
“This is what really stuck in my mind, made me quite upset … to be honest. I don’t think you should set any limits to kids because I think that is just not fair to them.”
Rating the Murray marathon
The ratings for the final two hours of the epic Andy Murray-Thanasi Kokkinakis battle are in. There was an average national audience of 78,000 from 2am to 4am, reaching a peak of 136,000 during that time.
Storm star hooked on tennis
Melbourne Storm hooker Harry Grant was spotted at the tennis on Saturday. It was a day after South Sydney captain Cameron Murray hung around Melbourne, after his teammates had gone home to watch more tennis with his partner.
Keeping up with the Joneses
Australian Emerson Jones is the youngest player in the Australian Open girls draw at 14 years and 205 days.
Her brother Hayden is in the boys tournament. The family has a rich history in Australian sport. Their mother Loretta Harrop represented Australia at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games in triathlon.
Harrop finished fifth in Sydney in 2000, then won a silver medal in Athens four years later.
Korda honors his influences
There was a fantastic moment from American Sebastian Korda on his way onto Rod Laver Arena for his match with Daniil Medvedev on Friday night.
The 22-year-old tapped the honor board of his father Petr Korda on his way down Champions’ Walk as well as mentor Andre Agassi before an incredible victory against the Russian.
The shock loss means Medvedev will drop out of the top 10 for the first time since July, 2019.
Evans slips up on banana
Dan Evans may live to regret being so generous. The Brit noticed his opponent Andrey Rublev was out of bananas during their match on Saturday.
Evans handed over one of his and ultimately helped his opponent’s fuel to victory.
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