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Zverev pulls out of Canadian Open but remains hopeful of playing the US Open

Zverev has not played since undergoing surgery on his ankle, which he hurt badly during his French Open semi-final clash against Nadal

Alexander Zverev, Roland-Garros 2022 Alexander Zverev, Roland-Garros 2022 © Aurelien Morissard / Panoramic

World No 2 Alexander Zverev has pulled out of the National Bank Open in Montreal, the first big tune-up event for the US Open Grand Slam, in early August but the German remains hopeful of competing in New York.

Zverev has not played since leaving Roland-Garros‘ Philippe Chatrier Court on crutches after a horrific turn on his ankle during the semi-finals against Rafael Nadal. The German underwent surgery on the ankle and is currently undergoing rehabilitation for the same.

The 25-year-old is also entered to play the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, the second of two Masters Series events which are part of the US summer swing, and the US Open.

Davis Cup in September seems more realistic but we keep our fingers crossed he will be ready earlier – Zverev spokesperson

The German, who had earlier said he wont return until he is confident of he can win tournaments that he plays, remains hopeful of playing in New York, where he reached the final in 2020 and lost a five-set battle against Austria’s Dominic Theim.

“Sascha is recovering well and is still hoping that he can be ready for the U.S. Open,” his team told Reuters. “However, it is still too early to tell if he will be able to compete there or not.”

“Davis Cup in Hamburg in September seems more realistic but we keep our fingers crossed that he will be ready earlier. Therefore, he should be able to play a few events before Tokyo.”

Germany will play with France, Belgium and Australia in Group C in Hamburg and Zverev could make a return in time for that.

Meanwhile, Zverev, who won the Olympic gold medal in singles in Tokyo last year, will return to the city to compete in the Japan Open, an ATP 500 event which is held in early October.

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