Zverev ruled out of Wimbledon after surgery to repair torn ligaments in right ankle
World No. 3 suffered injury in last Friday's French Open semifinal loss to Nadal
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.
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"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.