Alexander Zverev shared an Instagram post after his surgery.© Instagram
Alexander Zverev has had to have surgery to rupture a ligament in his right ankle after being knocked out of the painful French Open semi-finals. The German world number three flipped her ankle while following eventual champion Rafael Nadal in the fourth round in Paris last week, screaming in pain before retiring from the match. The 25-year-old has not said when he will return to the court, but looks certain to miss Wimbledon which begins on June 27. The US Open begins on August 29.
“We all have our own journey in life. This is a part of me,” Zverev wrote to his 1.8 million Instagram followers late Tuesday along with a photo of himself giving a thumbs up. from the hospital bed.
“Next week I’ll be career-high as world number two, but this morning I have surgery.
“Following further tests in Germany, we received confirmation that all three lateral ligaments in my right ankle were torn.
“To get back into competition as quickly as possible, to make sure all the ligaments heal properly and to regain full stability in my ankle, surgery is the best option.”
Zverev is still waiting for his first Grand Slam title, despite having won five Masters titles and two ATP Finals titles.
Roland Garros last week was his fifth major semi-final. He lost the US Open 2020 final to Dominic Thiem, having taken a two-set lead.
“My detox starts now and I will do anything to come back stronger than ever!” he added.
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