Zverev made himself comfortable on his couch. The Olympic champion stretched his splinted right foot to the side, scratched two of the fuzzy family dogs and watched TV. Zverev has digested the first severe shock of the painful injury in the semifinals of the French Open, from now on he puts all his energy into regeneration. Will it last until Wimbledon (from June 27th)? Extremely questionable.
“The treatment has started,” wrote the world number three under the insight into his emotional state, which he shared on Instagram the evening before the flight from his home in Monte Carlo to Germany.
According to “Bild”, the first diagnosis of the tear of several collateral ligaments in the foot is to be supported in Munich and then the rehabilitation plan is to be determined. Zverev has the good recovery wishes of the assembled sports celebrities in his luggage.
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“He played incredibly. I know how hard he’s fighting for a Grand Slam title,” said the Spaniard, who celebrated his 14th triumph at Roland Garros on Sunday: “I’m sure he’ll win more than one .”
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