Alexander Zverev has withdrawn from next week’s ATP tournament in Halle as he begins to recover from an ankle injury he suffered at Roland-Garros.
In the second set of his semi-final against eventual champion Rafael Nadal, the German tore off several lateral ligaments of his ankle.
According to the French newspaper L’Equipe, Xavier will be out of action for 6-7 weeks due to injury.
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This will exclude him from Wimbledon, which is set to begin on June 27.
This would come as a shock to the 25-year-old, who could possibly be the top pick in the SW19. Xavier will rise to the top two of his career in the world rankings next week, surpassing Danil Medvedev.
If Russian and Belarusian players had been banned from Wimbledon due to the Ukraine attack, Zaverev would have been the number one pick in the men’s draw.
Instead, the honor is expected to go to three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic, who will drop to third in the rankings next week after his quarter-final defeat at Roland-Garros.
If Xavier is out of action for eight weeks, he will return in time for the Montreal Masters and Cincinnati Masters in August, two major lead-up tournaments before the US Open on August 29.
The German was a finalist in New York in 2020, dropped to Dominic Thiem in five sets and advanced to the semifinals last year, where he also lost to Djokovic in five sets.
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