After being seriously injured in the French Open semi-finals, Alexander Zverev underwent surgery on his right ankle. The Olympic champion wants to return “as soon as possible”.
Alexander Zverev spoke from the sick bed. In his short video message, the Olympic champion who performed his operations on Tuesday showed a hint of a smile once again.
“I’m looking forward to coming back. I really miss tennis,” the 25-year-old said in English. When Germany’s best player wanted to get back on the field after a serious foot injury in the French Open semi-finals, he initially left it open. The most important things at a glance:
In a message posted on Instagram on Tuesday evening, Zverev wrote that an examination in Germany found that the three collateral ligaments of the right ankle had been torn. The Hamburg native had a self-examination by Davis Cup doctor Tim Kinninger in Munich on Monday to see if the foot had sustained any damage other than the multiple ligament tears that were already found. The good news: No worse injury was found.
Ligaments in the ankle can be torn, but no surgery is required for them. “In order to return to competition as quickly as possible, to ensure that all the ligaments heal properly and restore full stability to my ankle, surgery was the best option,” Zverev explained.
It was clear before the final diagnosis that the start of the classic turf match at Wimbledon from 27-10 July was out of the question. However, Zverev must continue to strive for the following highlights of the tennis year: There are still more than eleven weeks left until the start of the US Open as the last Grand Slam tournament in 2022 (from August 29 to September 11). Zverev’s big goal for this year was to win one of the four biggest tournaments and be number one in the world. The next week, he climbed to second for the first time in his career.
The US Open follows the middle round of the Davis Cup from 14-18 September – with Zverev campaigning for the German group that will play in Hamburg. He wrote: “My rehab begins now and I will do whatever it takes to come back stronger than ever!”
Once again, the sympathy on Grid was huge. By midnight, Zverev’s message had been commented on more than 1,000 times, and the Instagram post had collected more than 37,000 hearts. Former professional Tommy Haas wished “a speedy recovery,” Thomas Muller wrote after Germany’s 1-1 draw with England, “Recover soon, Alex.” His girlfriend Sophia Tomala sent a heart-shaped emoji. “I still receive a lot of messages and I want to say thank you once again to everyone who has supported me during such a difficult time,” Zverev wrote. (dpa)