Alexander Zverev experiences emotional double whammy with combination of surgery and huge rankings milestone
Alexander Zverev has undergone surgery to repair his ankle following his tournament-ending fall at Roland Garros against Rafael Nadal.
The German, 25, was toe-to-toe with the ‘King of Clay’ for three full hours before the match came to an abrupt end when Zverev tumbled to the court after rolling his right ankle.
Following an update telling fans he was heading back to Germany for treatment, the world number three has now revealed he has undergone surgery on his injury.
Zverev captioned a post on Instagram”We all have our own journey in life, this is part of mine.
“Next week I’ll reach a career high ranking of number two in the world, but this morning I had to undergo surgery.
The German explained that following further inspection he was told all three of the lateral ligaments in his right ankle were torn.
“Surgery was the best choice.
“My rehab starts now and I’ll do everything to come back stronger than ever!”
He then thanked his fans for the support he has received since the unfortunate injury in Paris.
Zverev added in a video portion of the Instagram post: “Hopefully I’ll see you guys on the court soon.”
As noted by the German, with his semi-final run in the French capital, Zverev will enjoy a new career-high ranking next week.
After ranking points from Roland Garros 2021 drop on Monday, Daniil Medvedev and Zverev will overtake world number one Novak Djokovic to sit at first and second in the rankings respectively.
Zverev first achieved his current career-high ranking of third back in November 2017, aged 20, and will now breach one position higher nearly five years on.
While still on the official entry list for Wimbledon, the incoming world number two will almost certainly not play the grass Slam given his lack of time to recover from this injury.
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