Zverev relapses from ankle injury ‘for months’

Zverev relapses from ankle injury ‘for months’

German Alexander Zverev He has given up playing the Davis Cup group stage at home in Hamburg due to “extreme pain” he is feeling, and there will be no return to competition “probably for several months”, he explained on Monday.

“I probably overdid it and now I’m in a lot of pain,” said Alexander Zverev, who said even walking was painful for him. He had accelerated his preparation to get back on track, but the plan didn’t work.

“I have to be careful, otherwise it can become dangerous for the future,” added the former world number 2, who fell to fifth place in the ATP ranking published on Monday after the U.S. Openfrom which Zverev had withdrawn.

Edema was diagnosed in the right ankle and there is a risk of fracture. Obviously he is lost to the Davis Cup“because we are talking about weeks, and more probably even months” for the return to competition, he said rather discouraged.

Seeing Zverev again on the courts at the end of the season seems unlikely, and the hope is rather for a recovery in the australian open early next year.

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In the semi-finals of Roland Garroson June 3, the 25-year-old German was forced to retire before the start of the second set tie-break against Rafael Nadalas the two players fought an epic battle over three hours of gameplay.

In a press, Zverev’s right ankle twisted completely, the player left the field Philippe Chatrier in a wheelchair and returned a few minutes later on crutches and in tears to formalize his retirement (7-6 (10/8), 6-6).

Medical examinations carried out a few days later revealed the rupture of the three external ligaments of the right ankle, an injury which required a visit to the operating room and a period of rehabilitation.

Two months after his operation, the Tokyo Olympic champion in singles last summer was able to play tennis again in early August, and had made the group stage of the Davis Cup in Hamburg his hometown his goal.

He will therefore only be on the bench to support his teammates against France on Wednesday, Belgium on Friday and Australia on Sunday.

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