2022 is definitely the darkest year of Alexander Zverev's career. Although the ranking smiles at the German tennis player, who reached the second position of the ranking thanks to the thud of Novak Djokovic (due to the subtraction of the points related to his victory at Wimbledon last season), Zverev has not yet been able to conquer a only ATP title in the current year.
The German lost the finals of the ATP 250 in Montpellier to Alexander Bublik and the Master 1000 in Madrid to Carlitos Alcaraz. The ugly injury to the ligaments in his right ankle remedied in the Roland Garros semifinal against Rafael Nadal then interrupted the German's dream of winning his first slam, also forcing him to have surgery.
Rehabilitation will be slow and therefore will force him to give up the Wimbledon tournament. The 25-year-old hasn't finished a dry season of tournaments since 2016. In the last few hours, Zverev has given important information about his future, revealing his chances of returning to the field for the last slam of the year, the US Open.
When could Sasha Zverev return?
In a statement released to the German newspaper Bild, the German tennis player stated that his participation in the US Open is still far from obvious. “I don't know if I will be at the US Open, I would have to play a couple of tournaments before to get there well, for the moment I have not set a date.
I don't want to play immediately after recovery, if I go to the US Open it's not to get through a couple of rounds, but to win the title. I won't be back until I'm fit, "said the current world number two.
Zverev therefore preferred not to think about his future after recovering from the injury, leaving doubts about his return to the field. A possible absence from the fields of the German tennis player until the American slam would mean the loss of many ATP points for the 25-year-old from Hamburg, given the victory last year of the Master 1000 in Cincinnati and the semifinal reached at the Us Open.