Tennis

Zverev ruled out of Wimbledon after surgery to repair torn ligaments in right ankle

German world No. 3 Alexander Zverev underwent surgery Tuesday on torn ligaments in his right ankle after he was forced to retire from his French Open semifinal against 22-time major champion Rafael Nadal last week.

World No. 3 suffered injury in last Friday's French Open semifinal loss to Nadal

Alex Zverev of Germany had surgery Tuesday to repair torn ligaments in his right ankle suffered in Friday's French Open semifinal loss to Rafael Nadal. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

German world No. 3 Alexander Zverev underwent surgery Tuesday on torn ligaments in his right ankle after he was forced to retire from his French Open semifinal against 22-time major champion Rafael Nadal last week.

Zverev was trailing 7-6(8) 6-6 when he rolled his ankle and screamed in agony. The 25-year-old was fighting for his first Grand Slam title and would have taken over as the top-ranked player had he succeeded.

"Next week I'll reach a career-high ranking of number 2 in the world, but this morning I had to undergo surgery," Zverev said in an Instagram post along with a photo of him on a hospital bed.

"After further examination in Germany, we received confirmation that all three of the lateral ligaments in my right ankle were torn.

WATCH | Zverev suffers ankle injury in French Open semifinal:

Zverev suffers ankle injury as Nadal advances to French Open final

4 months ago
Duration 4:25
Rafael Nadal advanced to the French Open final after Alexander Zverev fell and injured his right ankle. Zverev was forced to retire and left the court on crutches.

"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!"

Zverev's brother Mischa told German newspaper Bild that Wimbledon is "out of the question" for the 25-year-old, with the grass-court major set to be held from June 27 to July 10.

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