Alexander Zverev said the injury he suffered in the Roland-Garos semifinal against Rafael Nadal was “very serious”.
Zaverev was under a set and in the middle of a competitive second frame when he twisted his ankle while chasing a ball and crashed on the clay in pain.
Zavrev was assisted by a trainer, then taken off the court in a wheelchair. A few minutes later, he returned to Court Philip Chatterjee with a crutch, took off his right shoe and admitted he could not continue the match.
Read more: NRL TIPS ROUND 13
Read more: Origin State of Origin Game One Ultimate Guide
Read more: NSW Blues Origin I Squad
After the match, Zaverev posted an update on his Instagram story, saying the injury appeared to be “very serious”.
“It simply came to our notice then. “Of course, this is a fantastic match until it happens. It looks like I have a very serious injury, but the medical team-doctors are still examining it and will keep you updated. We’ll let you know if we find out more.”
Xavier’s replay of the incident showed that his feet were caught on the ground before being pressed under his body.
Tennis great Chris Evert suggested that “dust” could cause Xavier’s terrible injuries.
“It could be dust, who knows? At angles where they don’t move too much.
“When you heard these cries you knew it was serious and you knew it was serious. My mind wandered to that big summer of Wimbledon and the US Open and whether he would be able to play or he would miss them.
“The thing with Zaverev is that he really came into his own, he was playing very well in this whole tournament, what he won – what a big win for Alcaraz. What a chance he had in the first set against Rafa, Rafa seemed a little tired Going.
The injury came at the worst possible time for Zverev, with the German star set to rise to No. 2 in the world rankings and Daniel Medvedev to be ranked number one at Wimbledon with a ban.
The incident gave Nadal the final gift of his 14th French Open, and he now has a chance to win his 22nd major in the final against Caspar Rudd.
“Hopefully he can go all the way and make some more history,” Zaverev added.
To get a daily dose of the best breaking news and exclusive content from the Wide World of Sports, subscribe to our newsletter Click here!