Tragic end for Alexander Zverev at the French Open. The German fought a thrilling duel with Rafael Nadal until the German twisted his ankle and had to give up injured. Zverev gave an initial update on his injury on Saturday. On Tuesday, the tennis star underwent ankle surgery and reported shortly thereafter.
Tennis star Alexander Zverev reported from the hospital five days after his injury at the French Open. He was operated on in the morning, he says. After a further examination in Germany, he received confirmation that all three lateral ligaments in his ankle had been torn. “Hopefully my surgery went well. It’s going to be a long road, but I hope to see you guys back on the tennis court soon. He already misses playing tennis – especially his fans. Now he will go to rehab and “do everything to come back stronger than ever” announces Zverev.
The Olympic champion twisted his right foot on Friday in Paris towards the end of the second set in the semifinals against the Spaniard Rafael Nadal and had to give up at the Stade Roland Garros. After initial examinations, the 25-year-old announced that he had torn several collateral ligaments in his foot. On Monday we went to Germany to be examined by the Davis Cup doctor Tim Kinateder in Munich and to clarify whether anything else in the foot had broken apart from the collateral ligaments.
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1.30 p.m .: Welcome to the live ticker from FOCUS Online. Against Rafael Nadal in Paris – it doesn’t get any harder in tennis. Alexander Zverev knew that before the tournament. “There’s something about that pitch that makes him play 30 percent better. Just by being on the pitch,” Zverev said of the Spaniard and his relationship with Court Philippe Chatrier.
Nadal won an incredible 13 titles at the Stade Roland Garros, his record: 110 wins, three defeats. “He goes onto the pitch and suddenly his forehand is 20 kilometers per hour faster and he moves as light as a feather,” said Zverev. “There is no greater task than against Rafa on the Philippe Chatrier court.”
Zverev faces this Herculean task this Friday. In the semifinals of the French Open, the Olympic champion competes with the best clay court player in history. After the tennis prodigy Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals, now the king of Paris. “It won’t get any easier,” said Zverev with a smile.
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