Tennis - ATP: Six to eight weeks of absence for Zverev - Sport 365

Published on June 7, 2022 at 9:11 a.m. – updated on June 7, 2022 at 9:18 a.m.

Aurélie SACCELLI

According to information from L’Equipe, Alexander Zverev, who still has to undergo additional examinations this week to establish a definitive diagnosis of his ankle injury, will be absent for six to eight weeks, and will therefore not play Wimbledon.

There is a good chance that the next Wimbledon will be played without three of the four best players in the world. While Daniil Medvedev will be deprived of the tournament because he is Russian, and Rafael Nadal must first find a solution for his foot before playing again this year, Alexander Zverev will also most likely miss the call. The German player, who injured his right ankle ligaments in a fall during his Roland-Garros semi-final against Rafael Nadal (he was then down 7-6, 6-6 after more than three hours of play), will be out for six to eight weeks, according to information from The Team. Officially withdrawn from the Halle grass tournament, which will take place next week, the world No. 2 still has to undergo additional examinations this week to establish an official diagnosis. The sports daily explains that Zverev has seen an ankle specialist in Munich and will have to wear a special shoe for about 20 daysbefore he could start running again, then training.

“Only” 225 points lost on grass for Zverev

We will therefore not see the 25-year-old player on the courts again before the end of July-beginning of August, and he will therefore not take part in the third Grand Slam tournament of the season, a tournament where he played in two round of 16 for the best result. , in 2017 (defeat against Milos Raonic) and in 2021 (defeat against Felix Auger-Aliassime). In his misfortune, Zverev can console himself by saying that no points will be awarded at Wimbledon, since the ATP has decided to respond in this way to the organizers of the English tournament, who have decided to prohibit Russian and Belarusian players from participating, and therefore no one will be able to pass it after the tournament (final on July 10). He will therefore “only” lose the 180 points of his Wimbledon 2021, but also the 45 points of his round of 16 in Halle, a lesser evil. It remains to be seen whether he will be able to defend his title in Cincinnati, the third week of August. The countdown begins.

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