The last sign of him comes from Sunday: Alexander Zverev is lying on the sofa, the sinister foot is stretched out and cut. And the family dogs relax with him. “The treatment has begun,” the 25-year-old wrote. Treatment started.
You can rate this post, where such messages are called on platforms like Instagram, in such a way that Zverev does well, at least in terms of mood. The subject may have been taken in Monte Carlo, where he lives. And in another message posted on Saturday afternoon, he had already smiled and raised his thumb. He counts himself on a crutch, and behind him was a private pilot who announced his services on this occasion.
He wrote about the photo: “After the first medical examinations, it seems that I have torn several collateral ligaments in my right foot,” explaining: “I will travel to Germany on Monday to undergo more and better examinations and determine the fastest path to recovery.” As expected, he has now called off his championship start in Halle, Westphalia, which begins on June 13. The organizers announced this on Monday.
Germany’s top tennis pro has been on a completely new career stage since last Friday night. Never seriously injured, Zverev rushed to the top of the world early, and next week he will rise to second place in the standings, behind Russian Daniil Medvedev. In Paris, Zverev had the opportunity to himself become the leader of the industry. But in the semi-final against eventual tournament winner Rafael Nadal, in the second set, just before the second half of the match, he severely twisted his ankle during a sliding maneuver to the right. The dramatic images topped the front pages around the world. Zverev, shouting loudly and rolling on the ground, was carried in a wheelchair, returned on crutches, and surrendered at Philippe Chatrier’s court to thunderous applause. It was 6:7 (8), 6:6 after more than three hours of playing.
Zverev even received encouraging words from the currently imprisoned Boris Becker
And the extent of the damage done to Zverev became clear when there was no statement from him or his team for a long time. Long after midnight, Roland Garros, as the French Open is called in France, posted a short video with him. Zverev was wearing a blue shirt, his hair was disheveled, and his eyes sparkled. “Obviously it was a great match until what I feared happened,” he said, before expressing what I should be afraid of: “It looks like I have a very serious injury, but the medical team and the doctors are still checking it out. Keeping you all informed.” A few hours later he fulfilled his promise and reported from the tarmac.
The question now will be what a careful investigation that will take place in Munich reveals. It largely depends on how Zverev has structured the rehabilitation phase. And what medical procedure would be necessary at all. Other tennis pros have already sprained their ankles in a similar way and had to take a long break.
“I had to take a break for three and a half months in that time, and I got rehab and rehabilitation training,” Michael Stitch said on Sky TV. In 1995, the ex-professor stuck his foot and twisted it completely in a match against Australian Todd Woodbridge at the tournament held in Vienna. “When I came back, I immediately won the first championship and hurt myself again,” said the 1991 Wimbledon winner.
He would have had the best break at the time: “I used the time to work on my game, identify my weaknesses and challenge myself again,” he said, “Maybe Alexander Zverev could do something similar.” However, Stich has an unpleasant premonition: “As it seems, Wimbledon can fail with him. But he is young and I hope he comes back stronger.” The popular turf tournament begins in southwest London at the end of June.
Zverev’s brother Misha was also worried. “Anything can happen there, but something like that is not deserved,” the 34-year-old said as an expert on the radio station Eurosport. “If you’re injured like Sasha right now, a part of your life will be taken away from you for a certain period because you can’t walk, you can’t go to the tennis court.” Zverev even received encouraging words from the currently imprisoned Boris Becker. Misha’s brother said: “Boris said that he followed what was happening in the tournament and wished Sasha all the best and a quick and good recovery.”