Roland-Garros: the moving images of Zverev leaving the tournament on crutches after his injury

TENNIS – A terrible and unexpected end to the match. While Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev were engaged in a hotly contested semi-final at Roland-Garros, the German player was forced to retire on Friday June 3 after a right ankle injury. On crutches, he wanted to greet the referee, his opponent of the day and the public.

Led 7-6 (10/8), 6-6 after a standoff of more than three hours, Alexander Zverev violently twisted his right ankle at the end of the race after his final strike before being evacuated from the court in wheelchair, in tears. After a few moments of indecision on the rest of the match, he reappeared on the field with crutches, formalizing his abandonment, followed by Rafael Nadal.

Still in tears, he greeted the referee of the meeting before a hug with the Spanish tennis player, who will try this Sunday to win the Parisian clay court tournament for the 14th time. Before leaving the tennis court, the German greeted, to cheers and ovations, one last time the public at Roland-Garros.

At the end of the meeting, “Rafa”, who celebrated his 36th birthday on Friday, paid tribute to his opponent. “It’s very hard, I’m very sad for him,” he reacted. “He was playing an incredible tournament, I know how much he fights to win a Grand Slam, continued the Mallorcan. He was really unlucky, but I’m sure in the future he will win, and not one, but many more.”

In the evening, Alexander Zverev spoke of “a very serious injury” without yet communicating a precise diagnosis. “It looks like a very serious injury but the doctors are still analyzing it,” he said in a video posted on social media.

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