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Alexander Zverev Chuffed With Recovery Despite U.S. Open Withdrawal

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Last Updated: August 24, 2022, 15:27 IST

Berlin, Germany

Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates as he defeats Spain's Carlos Alcaraz during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Tuesday, May 31, 2022 in Paris. Zverev won 6-4-, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (9/7). (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates as he defeats Spain's Carlos Alcaraz during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Tuesday, May 31, 2022 in Paris. Zverev won 6-4-, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (9/7). (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

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 Rafa Nadal. He is expected to return to competitive action in the middle of September for Germany in the Davis Cup

World number two Alexander Zverev said he was “super happy" with his recovery following ankle surgery despite having to pull out of the U.S. 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 Rafa Nadal.

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The U.S. Open organisers confirmed on Monday that Zverev has withdrawn from the hardcourt Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows, where he finished runner-up behind Dominic Thiem in 2020.

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“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 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 U.S. 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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first published:August 24, 2022, 15:27 IST
last updated:August 24, 2022, 15:27 IST