Alexander Zverev was seriously injured in his match against Rafael Nadal in the French Open semi-finals
Alexander Zverev’s French Open journey came to an end early on Friday as he was forced to quit his semifinal match against Rafael Nadal due to an ankle injury. When Zverev was injured, he was down a set and in the middle of a competitive second set, and he used crutches to leave the court.
Zverev exited the court in a wheelchair and returned on crutches to inform the umpire that he was unable to complete the match.
After rolling his ankle at the end of the second set, the world number three’s attendance at Wimbledon this month is now in serious doubt. Following the match, Zverev shared an update on his Instagram account, stating that the injury appears to be a problem. The official Roland-Garros Twitter also uploaded the same.
“Looks like I have a very serious injury but the medical team—the doctors—are still checking on it and we’ll keep you updated,” he said.
When Zverev departed the court after falling awkwardly on the baseline, the score was 7-6 (8) 6-6 in favor of Nadal. Due to Zverev’s injury, Nadal automatically advanced to his 14th French Open Final, where he is going to face Casper Ruud. It is going to be the Spaniard’s 22nd grand slam final.
“I want to congratulate Rafa, obviously,” said Zverev. “It’s an incredible achievement, a 14th final, and hopefully he can go all the way and make some more history.”
It’s too early to say how long Zverev will be unavailable. If he recovers quickly, he could be back in time for Wimbledon at the end of the month, but if he takes longer to recover, the U.S. Open in September may be a better option.