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Zverev has ankle surgical procedure, misses Wimbledon

German world No.3 Alexander Zverev has undergone surgery on torn ligaments in his right ankle and is out of Wimbledon.

Tuesday’s operation followed his retirement from his French Open semi-final against 22-times major champion Rafa Nadal last week.

Zverev was trailing 7-6 (10-8) 6-6 against Nadal when he rolled his ankle and he screamed out in agony. The 25-year-old was fighting for his first Grand Slam title and would have taken over as world No.1 had he succeeded.

“Next week I’ll reach a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world, but this morning I had to undergo surgery,” Zverev said in a post on Instagram along with a photo of him on a hospital bed.

“After further examination in Germany, we received confirmation that all three of the lateral ligaments in my right ankle were torn.

“To return to competition as quickly as possible, to ensure all the ligaments heal properly, and to reclaim full stability in my ankle, surgery was the best choice. My rehab starts now and I’ll do everything to come back stronger than ever!”

Zverev’s brother Mischa told German newspaper Bild that Wimbledon is “out of the question” for the 25-year-old. The grasscourt major is to be held from June 27 to July 10.

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