Alexander Zverev’s French Open run was cut short after the German tennis player suffered an ankle injury that forced him to retire from his semifinal match vs. Rafael Nadal on Friday.
The injury, which occurred during the second set when the score was 7-6 (8) 6-6 in Nadal’s favor. As the German stretched to reach Nadal’s forehand, Zverev appeared to plant his ankle awkwardly on the clay court. He crumbled to the ground, crying out in pain, and stayed there for some time with Nadal by his side before being helped up and escorted off the court in a wheelchair.
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His exact injury status and its severity remained uncertain into the late hours on Friday (early hours in Paris), but Zverev took to social media to shed light on just on the injury.
“Very difficult moment for me today on the court,” Zverev said. “Obviously, a fantastic match until what happened. Looks like I have a very serious injury, but the medical team— the doctors are still checking on it and will keep you updated. Will let you know as soon as we know more.”
Not an easy moment for me today.
It was a heartbreaking end for Zverev, the No. 3 player in the world. Zverev notched six titles in 2021, including a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. However, he is still seeking his first major win. According to NBC’s broadcast, Zverev’s exit on Friday represented the first time the 25-year old had ever retired from a Tour-level main draw match.
The tennis community has come out in full support of Zverev after the injury, including Nadal, who shared his concern for his opponent.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 3, 2022
Heartbreaking scene in Paris.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) June 3, 2022
— Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar (@rnadalacademy) June 3, 2022
Sport can be so cruel 💔
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) June 3, 2022
As a result of Zverev’s injury, Nadal advances to his 14th French Open final, with Casper Ruud opposite of him. Nadal will have a chance to win his 14th French Open title, which would be his 22nd major overall. And he’ll have Zverev rooting for him.
“Hopefully, he can go all the way,” Zverev said.
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