After the semi-finals at the French Open, Alexander Zverev sees himself back at the level he was before his injury. Only at the next Grand Slam tournament are the expectations rather low.
After the semi-finals at the French Open, Alexander Zverev is again regularly among the contenders for a title in a Grand Slam tournament.
“Maybe not in Wimbledon because it’s played on grass, that’s more difficult for me,” said the tennis Olympic champion after the unexpectedly clear 3: 6, 4: 6, 0: 6 against the Norwegian Casper Ruud. “But generally speaking, that’s my mindset from now on.”
The lawn classic in Wimbledon starts on July 3rd. Zverev has never made it past the round of 16. In Paris, the Hamburg player failed for the fifth time in the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament, and he only made it to the final once at the US Open.
Hard time over
The 26-year-old admitted that the time before the French Open was difficult. This year, after his serious ankle injury at the French Open 2022, he failed several times early on against top professionals and slipped down in the world rankings. “I hope I can continue from there and that’s over,” emphasized Zverev. “I think to date I’ve played great tennis here. It’s definitely something to build on.”
After the game, Zverev spoke about the fact that he suffered a small strain in his thigh in the last training session. “We don’t have to talk about the fact that I lost today, he was ten times better than me,” admitted Zverev. “The most positive thing is just that now I can say I’m back. I’m back to where I was from playing tennis.”
Because of his thigh injury, the 26-year-old will miss the upcoming lawn tournament in Stuttgart. “Unfortunately, my physical condition doesn’t allow it now,” said the Olympic tennis champion in a statement from the organizers. “I was really looking forward to the tournament and the special atmosphere at the Weissenhof.” For the ATP tournament in Stuttgart, where the games in the main draw start on Monday, he actually received a wild card. Before the Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon (July 3-16), Zverev is next registered in Halle, Westphalia.
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