after his abandonment against Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev evokes tearing of the ligaments of the right foot

The German had to give up on Friday in the semi-finals against the Spaniard after seriously injuring his right ankle at the end of the second set.

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After the shock, time to take stock for Alexander Zverev. If the seriousness of his injury was hardly in doubt after his departure, crutch in the air, from the Philippe-Chatrier court on Friday, the nature of it remained to be known. And the first information delivered by the player is not reassuring. The German, with a smile in a post on Instagram the day after his retirement in the semi-finals of Roland-Garros against Rafael Nadal, announces that he has “torn several lateral ligaments in the right foot”. The world number 3 specifies that he will take new exams on Monday in Germany to find out which protocol to follow, and to give more details on his unavailability.

For “Sascha” Zverev, the blow is tough as his performance during the first three hours of play, Friday, against the master of the place foreshadowed a Homeric battle. “I would like to thank everyone, all around the planet, for the kind messages I received yesterdayadds the German tennis player. Your support means a lot to me right now!“From now on, it is the rest of his season, and Wimbledon at first, which can be considered in dotted lines if the ligament injury were to be confirmed.

The Olympic champion from Tokyo could hope to surf on his good dynamics, while in a few weeks the second hard cycle of the season will begin. In 2021, Zverev had shown himself to be imperial there, placing himself in the ideal position to approach the throne in the ATP rankings. The 25-year-old had reached the semi-finals of the US Open, and won the season-ending Masters as well as the Cincinnati and Vienna tournaments. So many deadlines that could fly away this season.

After a big ankle injury, Alexander Zverev returns on crutches to the Central to shake hands with the referee and Rafael Nadal.  The German leaves under the ovations of the public.

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