Alexander Zverev pulls out of US Open but is 'happy' with recovery

Alexander Zverev pulls out of US Open despite claiming he is ‘super happy’ with his recovery from ankle surgery after suffering a freak injury at the French Open in June

  • Alexander Zverev has said he is pleased with his recovery from ankle surgery
  • The world No 2 suffered a freak injury at the French Open in June
  • He twisted his ankle against Rafael Nadal before retiring hurt in the game
  • The German has pulled out of the US Open to avoid risk of further injury  

World No 2 Alexander Zverev said he was ‘super happy’ with his recovery following ankle surgery despite having to pull out of the US Open, the main draw of which kicks off in New York on Monday.

The 25-year-old German needed surgery to fix damaged ligaments in his right ankle following a freak injury he suffered during this year’s Roland Garros semi-final against Rafael Nadal.

The US Open organisers confirmed on Monday that Zverev has withdrawn from the hardcourt Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows, where he finished runner-up behind Dominic Thiem in 2020.

World No 2 Alexander Zverev is ‘super happy’ with his recovery from ankle surgery

Zverev twisted his ankle against Rafael Nadal in this year’s semi-final at the French Open

‘The recovery is going extremely well,’ Zverev said in a video post on his Instagram account. ‘And I am super happy where I am right now.

‘But unfortunately I will not come to New York this year.

‘It was a very tough decision, but the way the recovery is going, and how well everything is going, I just don’t want to take the risk and play a best-of-five set match as my first match back.’

Zverev was speaking about his injury to his 1.8million followers his Instagram account

Zverev said he doesn’t want to risk further injury by taking part in the US Open next week

The German said he is ‘super happy’ with his recover but didn’t want to risk further injury

Zverev is expected to return to competitive action in the middle of September during Germany’s campaign in the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals in Hamburg.

‘Of course, I will miss it (the US Open) and, of course, I will be watching it from far away,’ Zverev added. ‘Unfortunately I did not have another week or two where I would have been 100% ready but it is how it is.

‘I am looking forward to seeing everybody at the Davis Cup. And I am looking forward to being back as soon as possible.’




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