Zverev undergoes surgery to repair torn ankle ligaments

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Germany’s Alexander Zverev grimaces in pain after twisting his ankle during the semi-final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, June 3, 2022 (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

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Alexander Zverev has undergone surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right ankle.

The third, Zverev, was injured in his French Open semi-final against eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

“To get back to competition as quickly as possible, to make sure all ligaments are healing properly, and to regain full stability in my ankle, surgery was the best choice,” Zverev said in an Instagram post.

Zverev said he underwent surgery in Germany on Tuesday morning after receiving confirmation that “all three lateral ligaments in my right ankle were torn”.

The 25-year-old German player did not specify a timetable for his return.

Zverev was injured chasing after a shot at the end of the second set against Nadal last Friday, collapsing to the ground, grabbing his right ankle and moaning in agony.

He was taken off the pitch in a wheelchair, then returned on crutches to say he was retiring from the game.

Zverev was a runner-up at the 2020 US Open and won a singles gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year.

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