"An exact comeback date hasn't been set yet" - Alexander Zverev on his recovery
Alexander Zverev suffered a horrific injury at Roland Garros completely smashing his ankle in what was probably his match in a very long time. Zverev played so well at Roland Garros that the injury came at the worst possible time for him. However, he's remained upbeat and motivated to come back to tennis fully healthy and continue where he left off.
"The healing process is going very well. I'm making important progress every day and I'm looking forward to the next tasks that will bring me closer and closer to the tennis court. An exact date for a comeback hasn't been set yet, but I'm working every day to make sure it happens as soon as possible."
Days for Zverev are usually rather long but during recovery, they're even longer. The reason is a very detailed recovery process that he explained to Eurosport:
"The days are very long. You start very early and finish in the evening. We do a lot of exercises, there are always new ones that are added permanently. The foot is treated, mobility is worked out, and strength and stability are rebuilt. In some cases, normal walking and running are re-learned. I do sprint exercises in the water, training sessions on the treadmill and bicycle."
Zverev once again reiterated that he won't rush anything and the goal is to get fully healthy and return only when he truly feels ready. It's very similar to what Berrettini did earlier this year taking more time than he needed but it was worth it and he returned in supreme condition.
"My team and I work highly concentrated every day so that there are no problems. Of course, you want to train as much as possible, but you can't overdo it. I have to listen very carefully to my body and know when I have reached my limits. I'm used to getting the maximum out of myself almost every day, whether in training or matches. Exceeding it now could be counterproductive."