Alexander Zverev out of Davis Cup with ‘extreme pain’, likely to miss ‘months’ | Tennis News

MUNICH: Alexander Zverev will not feature for Germany in this week’s Davis Cup group stage in Hamburg after suffering “extreme pain” and is unlikely to play again this year, he said on Monday.
Zverev has been out since torn ankle ligaments in his semi-final against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros in June.
He left the Roland Garros court in a wheelchair and then underwent surgery to repair three torn ligaments in his right ankle.
The 25-year-old was named in the German squad last month after missing Wimbledon but suffered a setback in his recovery.
“I guess I overdid it and now I’m in a lot of pain,” said Zverev, who said even walking caused him discomfort.
“I have to be reasonable, otherwise it could be dangerous for the future.”
Zverev moved from second to fifth place last ATP ranking published Monday after the US Open, which he was also forced to miss.
He was diagnosed with fluid buildup in his ankle, putting him at risk of fracture.
“We are talking about weeks, and in all likelihood months” before a return to competition, said a discouraged Zverev.
His goal could be to get back to full fitness for the Australian Open in January.
Germany begin their Group B campaign against France on Wednesday. They face Belgium on Friday and face Australia on Sunday. The top two nations will qualify for the knockout stage in November.

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