Alexander Zverev has confirmed he has undergone ankle surgery in Germany which will rule him out of Wimbledon.
Zverev suffered the injury in a 3h15m marathon against Rafael Nadal at the French Open, when he went over on the ankle on the brink of a second set tiebreak.
From the moment he left the court on crutches it looked likely there would be no short-term fox for what immediately appeared to be a very bad injury, and that has proven to be the case.
“We all have our own journey in life," Zverev wrote on Instagram accompanied by a video of himself in hospital. "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.
“After further examination in Germany, we received confirmation that all three of the lateral ligaments in my right ankle were torn.
“To return to competition as quickly as possible, to ensure all the ligaments heal properly, and to reclaim full stability in my ankle, surgery was the best choice.
“My rehab starts now and I’ll do everything to come back stronger than ever!
“I am continuing to receive so many messages and would like to thank everyone once again for supporting me during such a difficult time.”
Alexander Zverev offered no timescale for his return, although the US Open at the end of August would appear to be a realistic target should surgery prove successful.
The injury could not have come at a worse time for Zverev, with him set for a career-high ranking on Monday. With Daniil Medvedev banned from Wimbledon with other Russian and Belarusian players, that would have been enough to earn him the top seed at a Grand Slam for the first time.
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