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Alexander Zverev plays at the Davis Cup in Hamburg - participation in the US Open is still questionable

2022-08-11T13:46:14.444Z

Tennis professional Alexander Zverev experienced the worst injury of his career two months ago, and he wants to play again soon. He is surprised at how quickly he heals.



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For the press conference, Alexander Zverev flew from his home in Monaco to his hometown of Hamburg

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Alexander Zverev wants to compete in the Davis Cup.

The tennis pro explained this at a press conference in Hamburg.

"I've already started training hard for the Davis Cup," said Zverev: "There's no question in my mind that I'll be at the Davis Cup."

His participation was questionable because of a serious ankle injury that Zverev suffered on June 3rd.

In the semifinals of the French Open against Rafael Nadal, the 25-year-old twisted his ankle and tore all three lateral ligaments in his right ankle.

After the operation, he himself was surprised at the rapid healing process, he said in Hamburg.

The Davis Cup is the premier national team competition in tennis.

This year, the group phase will take place from September 13th to 18th at the Hamburg tennis stadium at Rothenbaum.

The German team meets France (September 14), Belgium (September 16) and Australia (September 18).

The final tournament is scheduled for November 22-27 in Malaga.

In Hamburg, the game is played on a hard court instead of the usual clay court at Rothenbaum.

In addition, the roof of the stadium will be closed.

"It will be something special," said Zverev about the tournament in his hometown, "I hope we can fill the stadium."

US Open participation will be “very, very close”

He left open whether Zverev, who won the gold medal in the individual tournament at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year, can already play in the US Open.

The last Grand Slam tournament of the year begins on August 29 in New York City.

"Of course I will still try to make the US Open, although it will be very, very close," said the second in the world rankings.

He was further along in his recovery from the ligament injury than the doctors had expected.

In about ten days he will make the decision for or against participating in the US Open.

If it were a three-set tournament, "I might say I'm ready.

Best-of-five is difficult," said Zverev: "Every day it really gets better.

That's why I don't want to say right now that I won't play the US Open."

Diabetes bothers Zverev "sometimes, but not often"

In Hamburg, Zverev also answered questions about his diabetes.

During his matches, "sometimes, but not often, he is affected by his illness.

"Sometimes I go to the toilet and have to inject myself, sometimes I have to take the gels," said Zverev: "I'm lucky that I have the whole thing under control." During the games he had a device in his pocket, showing its sugar level.

Last Saturday, Zverev made his illness public and in the course of this announced the establishment of a foundation to support those affected by the metabolic disease.

He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was four years old.

Zverev reported that he wanted to be a role model that you can achieve anything despite an illness.

"I have the gold medal from the Olympics, I'm number two in the world, have won the world championship twice and already have a few successes behind my back," said Zverev.

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Source: spiegel

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