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Shocking update on Alexander Zverev’s knee injury

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Alexander Zverev was expressing his best tennis at the 2024 Wimbledon Championships and many thought he could reach the final due to the precarious conditions of Novak Djokovic. The German has returned to a very high level after the bad ankle injury suffered at the French Open 2022 and reached the final in Paris last month, surrendering to the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz despite a two-set advantage to one.

Alexander Zverev and Taylor Fritz

Alexander Zverev and Taylor Fritz© Getty Images Sport – Clive Brunskill

 

Sascha was playing very well on grass, but a knee injury caused by a fall against Cameron Norrie in the third round prevented him from being at the top against Taylor Fritz in the last 16. Zverev did not want to retire from Wimbledon and took the field against the American, winning the first two sets thanks to his outstanding service. His level dropped with the passing of minutes and the American prevailed in comeback after a hard battle.

During the press conference, Zverev admitted that he was not 100%: “The truth is I wasn’t feeling well, but I didn’t want to retire from Wimbledon and I’m glad I fought until the end of the match. I know what the injury is because I took an X-ray. I have a bone edema in my knee and there’s also a tear in my knee capsule. The reason was the fall during the match against Norrie. Surgery is not necessary, but the pain is quite strong now. I couldn’t even walk until just before the match with Fritz, but then I felt better and decided to play. I was expressing great tennis at Wimbledon this year, I felt really good. I think I’ve done my best and I’m proud of what I’ve done.”

Zverev worries the fans

Alexander Zverev’s knee injury did not seem particularly serious, but the recent statements of his brother Mischa did worry fans. “Sascha saw a doctor again. He took 40 milliliters of fluid from his knee. Unfortunately, there is now a suspicion of something worse. Tomorrow he will see the doctor again at home in Monaco. More detailed pictures will then be taken. Maybe it’s more than a bone bruise after all. If it’s a fracture or a hairline fracture, we’ll have to see. But then the Olympics are in danger” – Mischa said via Amazon Prime.

Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev© Getty Images Sport – Mike Hewitt

 

It would be a huge blow for Sascha, who had returned to the highest levels and was undermining the dominance of Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. Zverev put a lot of emphasis on the Paris Olympics, where he hoped to win the gold medal again after the feat in Tokyo in 2021. The hope is that the knee injury is not so serious and can be present in Paris.

During the press conference after the match against Zverev, Taylor Fritz talked about the German’s physical condition: “I think he was annoyed by someone in my corner, but I didn’t really understand who he was. On his knee injury, it seems to me that he started limping when I went ahead of a break in the fifth set. Until that moment, she seemed fine. I also happened to have bad knee hypertension, but I played quite normally. I tried to play like he was in perfect shape.”

Sascha was in great shape

Zverev complained about the behavior of some members of Fritz’s box, who were particularly noisy. “His team is extremely respectful,” said Alex. “I think his coach, his physio, also his second coach, they’re extremely respectful. I think there are some other people that maybe are in the box that are not maybe from the tennis world, that are not maybe from particularly watching every single match. They were a bit over the top. That’s okay. No issues. No drama. He fought back from two sets to love, so they’re obviously all excited, very pumped up, yeah. But no issues with Taylor. I think Taylor is a great guy. I have absolutely no issues with him.”

Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev© Getty Images Sport – Mike Hewitt

 

Despite his incredible talent, Sascha has yet to win his first Major title. The German came close to this feat at the 2020 US Open – when he lost to Dominic Thiem – and at the 2024 Roland Garros (defeated in five sets by Carlos Alcaraz). Zverev seems on track to win his first Grand Slam, hoping that his physique will not betray him with new injuries. If he does not play the Paris Olympics, fans hope that Sascha will recover in time for the US Open in late August. Last year, Alexander reached the quarterfinals in New York losing to Alcaraz after a tough battle against Sinner in the last 16.

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