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“I don’t want my first tournament after an injury to be in Australia”

Alexander Zverev He has been inactive for almost half a year after tearing three lateral ligaments in his right ankle at Roland Garros and later suffering from bone edema. Against this background, the return of the German was uncertain until his confirmation at the Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia. In this exhibition contest, the 25-year-old player will reappear on the courts.

When there was speculation about where he will compete again, Zverev explained why he chose this friendly tournament and not another: “As I said before, I’m really looking forward to playing on tour again and playing against the best players. I don’t want my first tournament after injury to be in Australia, so I’ve decided to play in this exhibition tournament. I need to go little by little and that’s why I think I’ve made the right decision playing in Arabia”.

On his return, according to what Tennis365 was able to collect, the man born in Hamburg expressed: “I really want to be back on the court and compete at the highest level after spending a lot of time injured. The best players in the world will be there, so it will be a high-level tournament, as many come from playing the Davis Cup or the ATP Finals, so they will come with a very competitive pace. I hope I can keep up with them and fight one-on-one with them.”

Finally, he referred to his relationship with Dominic Thiem: “After being injured for so long, it is normal that I have missed many tennis players. Even though we are rivals, I also have many friends on tour. It is normal that I have missed them. One of them is Dominic Thiem. I feel like we haven’t seen each other much in the last two years. In 2021 he spent a lot of time injured and in this 2022 it was me who had that bad luck. I know he misses me too, and although we texted on numerous occasions , face to face we haven’t done it for a long time”.

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