Alexander Zverev, the second-ranked player in the world and a native of Germany, says it will be difficult to recover in time for the US Open after undergoing surgery for ruptured ankle ligaments during the French Open.
The injury Zverev sustained during his semi-final match against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros in June was not fully healed until last Sunday, when he returned to the practice court.
After three hours of play, he was trailing Nadal 7-6 (10/8), 6-6 when he turned on his ankle and screamed in anguish.
After leaving the court in a wheelchair and later returning on crutches and in tears to proclaim his retirement, Nadal went on to win the final against Casper Ruud of Norway to extend his record Grand Slam total to 22.
The Tokyo Olympic champion Zverev said, “Obviously I am going to attempt to make it to the US Open even if it’s in a very very short period,” during a press conference on Thursday in Hamburg.
Zverev announced last week that he has type 1 diabetes, adding that he had a difficult time accepting the disease and had attempted to hide it from the public.
In a little more than a fortnight, on August 29, the final Grand Slam of the season will begin in New York.
If Flushing Meadows is too soon, Zverev hopes to be back for the Davis Cup group stage matches against France, Belgium, and Australia on September 13–18 in his hometown of Hamburg.