Alexander Zverev is experiencing a very difficult season. The start of the season was not among the best: no trophies raised and only one final won, at the Open Sud de France, but lost to the Kazakh and namesake Bublik. On clay, the German number one had found the right feeling, but fate wanted another purpose for him.
During the Roland Garros semifinal against Rafael Nadal, he suffered an ankle injury: between crying and screaming, he was forced to retire, while greeting the crowd on crutches. To recover better, Sascha has decided to have an ankle surgery, precluding the possibility, already concrete regardless, of participating in the third Grand Slam of the season, Wimbledon.
In the statements made to Eurosport Germany, the German was cautious about returning to the Tour. Zverev said: "The days go by very slowly. We start work in the morning and we almost never finish before the evening. We add new exercises every day and especially try to focus on foot mobility.
Now I have moved on to some small water running steps and some treadmill sessions. I want to do things right, without rushing the times. I have to listen carefully to my body and understand when I reach the limit. That could be counterproductive."
The retreat from Montreal
The words are then matched by the facts: Alexander Zverev has formalized the retirement from the Masters 1000 in Montreal., Where he was the second seed.
Although he was on the entry list of the Caandan tournament, it was a decision that was only waiting for confirmation, as will also be expected for the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati. On the US Open, however, doubts still remain: the winner of the last ATP Finals in Turin did not want to unbalance, leaving still doubts about his participation.
Alexander Zverev's is not the only official retreat. Diego Schwartzman also joins the chorus, who, as a precaution, has decided to retire from the ATP 250 tournament in Los Cabos 2022: the goal is to recover better in view of the North American hard court.