November 09, 2022 23:09:34 IST
Munich: Former world No. 2 Alexander Zverev is planning a return to the courts during December from a serious ankle injury, his brother and manager Mischa said on Wednesday.
Former US Open runner-up Zverev has been sidelined since June’s French Open with a ligament tear and could return for December 8-10’s Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia.
“He needs a few matches before the start of the season. Training sessions at home, without a crowd, are different,” Mischa Zverev told Eurosport.
“He needs to be on the court against a good player, with ball boys and girls, referees, to feel the adrenalin again.”
Zverev has been sidelined since tearing ankle ligaments during his semi-final against Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.
🚨 Alexander Zverev est de retour à l’entraînement ! 🇩🇪
Absent depuis Roland-Garros, l’Allemand prévoit de faire son retour pour la World Tennis League, exhibition du 19 au 24 décembre à Dubai pour préparer la saison 2023. 🔙pic.twitter.com/aAVGuYRt8G
— Univers Tennis 🎾 (@UniversTennis) November 5, 2022
He left the court in a wheelchair and subsequently underwent surgery to repair three torn ligaments in his right ankle.
A planned return at the Davis Cup in September came up short when Zverev pulled out after experiencing “extreme pain”.
The tournament in the Middle East will allow the 25-year-old to prepare for the United Cup, which starts in late December before the Australian Open, beginning on January 29.
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