Alexander Zverev can easily have a career as a Master of Ceremony if the tennis thing doesn't work out as the German gave the perfect introduction to Roger Federer during the Laver Cup gala night on Thursday in Prague.
Zverev, who is 16 years younger than Federer, recalled a time when he met the Swiss legend as a five-year-old at the Hamburg Masters, where he asked him for his autograph.
"I was just looking at him, 'can I please have an autograph?'He was 'like, yeah sure'..." said Zverev.
"He started responding to me in German, which back then, as a kid, I didn't know that Swiss people speak German. So you know, that was very nerve-wracking, so I got his autograph, he started talking to me, he said 'well maybe if you work hard, one day we might be playing each other, somewhere'.
"And I was like, 'well yeah, maybe' (laughter). But no chance you could have known that we would have been on one team.
Newly-crowned US Open champion Sloane Stephens will take on Qiang Wang of China in the first round of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open in what will be the American’s first competitive match since lifting the trophy at Flushing Meadows earlier this month.
Stephens has not played since winning her home Grand Slam.
The 24-year-old arrived in Wuhan on Friday and will play her opening match on either Sunday or Monday at the US$2,666,000 WTA Premier 5 event.
Friday’s official draw pitched defending Wuhan Open champion Petra Kvitova against China’s Shuai Peng in a match which could split the loyalties of local tennis fans in Wuhan. Kvitova, who also won the tournament in its inaugural year in 2014, is a huge favourite at the Optics Valley International Tennis Centre.
Elsewhere in the draw, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova takes on Alize Cornet; ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska is up against Wimbledon semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova and China’s home hope Shuai Zhang takes on talented Croatian Donna Vekic.
In a battle of the young guns of women’s tennis, American Catherine Bellis takes on Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, with the winner to play fifth seed Johanna Konta in round two. Konta, as one of the top eight seeds, receives a bye into round two.
Madison Keys, who Stephens beat in an all-American final in New York, will face a qualifier in her opening match.
World No.1 Garbine Muguruza is top seed in Wuhan.
2017 DONGFENG MOTOR WUHAN OPEN – WUHAN, CHINA
22-30 September, 2017
 G. Muguruza (ESP) – Bye
C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs. L. Tsurenko (UKR)
Qualifier vs. A. Kontaveit (EST)
K. Siniakova (CZE) vs.  K. Mladenovic (FRA)
 P. Kvitova (CZE) vs. S. Peng (CHN)
Qualifier vs. M. Barthel (GER)
Qualifier vs. B. Strycova (CZE)
 J. Ostapenko (LAT) – Bye
 K. Pliskova (CZE) – Bye
S. Zhang (CHN) vs. D. Vekic (CRO)
[WC] Y. Wang (CHN) vs. S. Cirstea (ROU)
Q. Wang (CHN) vs.  S. Stephens (USA)
 A. Radwanska (POL) vs. M. Rybarikova (SVK)
D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs. J. Goerges (GER)
C. Bellis (USA) vs. A. Barty (AUS)
 J. Konta (GBR) – Bye
 S. Kuznetsova (RUS) – Bye
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs. A. Cornet (FRA)
K. Bertens (NED) vs. Qualifier
Qualifier vs.  M. Keys (USA)
 E. Vesnina (RUS) vs. [WC] Y. Duan (CHN)
E. Mertens (BEL) vs. N. Osaka (JPN)
Qualifier vs. Y. Putintseva (KAZ)
 C. Wozniacki (DEN) – Bye
 D. Cibulkova (SVK) – Bye
S. Stosur (AUS) vs. [WC] J. Teichmann (SUI)
Qualifier vs. R. Vinci (ITA)
C. Garcia (FRA) vs.  A. Kerber (GER)
 A. Sevastova (LAT) vs. E. Makarova (RUS)
Qualifier vs. L. Davis (USA)
D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs. A. Riske (USA)
 S. Halep (ROU) – Bye
Rafael Nadal insists the newly-introduced Laver Cup is not an exhibition -- albeit needing to confirm that fact with his fellow Team Europe members first -- while Team World captain John McEnroe is hoping the event will force the ITF to rethink the current Davis Cup format and introduce necessary changes.
The Laver Cup, which can be described as tennis' answer to golf's Ryder Cup, kicked off in Prague on Friday with Marin Cilic claiming a straight-sets win over Team World's Frances Tiafoe, is an idea conceived by Roger Federer and his management company Team8.
Nadal, the current world No. 1, headlines Team Europe alongside Federer and four other players, captained by Bjorn Borg, while McEnroe has six players from Australia, USA and Canada, representing Team World.
The tournament is not part of the ATP or ITF, and has no ranking points. Asked if it should be considered an exhibition, Nadal said: "No, is not an exhibition at all. No, no, I don't think, no, guys?