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Alexander Zverev pulls out of Rotterdam with ankle injury

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 5 Feb 2019
  • Zverev out of Rotterdam with ankle injury
  • The German was dealing with an ankle problem in the lead-up to the Australian Open
Alexander Zverev (Photo by PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

World No. 3 Alexander Zverev has withdrawn from next week’s ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam due to an ankle injury.
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A few days removed from helping Germany to a 5-0 Davis Cup qualifier win over Hungary in Frankfurt, Zverev has announced he won’t play the first ATP 500 event of the season in Rotterdam because of an ankle problem.

It’s not clear if the injury relates to a problem he seemingly picked up at the Australian Open last month during a practice match. Zverev, who was also reported to be suffering from a hamstring issue sustained in Adelaide before arriving in Melbourne, was treated for a foot injury after his training session and went on to lose in straight sets against Milos Raonic in the fourth round.

Zverev played both Davis Cup singles ties for Germany against Hungary on Friday and Saturday, beating the unheralded Peter Nagy 6-2 6-2 and Gabor Borsos 6-3 6-4.



After finishing his 2018 season on the highest of highs with back-to-back victories over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to win the biggest title of his career at the Nitto ATP Finals, Zverev has endured a tough start to 2019, battling his way to the fourth round of the Australian Open before delivering a sub-par performance to lose 1-6 1-6 6-7(5) to Raonic.

Zverev, who has spoken frequently of his disdain for the brief tennis off-season, also struggled at the start of 2018 before hitting his straps towards the end of March, losing in the third round of the Australian Open, the second round of Rotterdam and the first round of Indian Wells.


The German would get into his groove at the Miami Masters, finishing runner-up to John Isner before picking up his third Masters 1000 title on the clay of Madrid and making his first major quarter-final at the French Open.

Australia’s Matthew Ebden moves into the Rotterdam main draw in Zverev’s absence, while former top 10 star Tomas Berdych has been awarded a wildcard.

Former World No. 3 and ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov has also withdrawn from Rotterdam due to a shoulder injury. Dimitrov made the final last year.

Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori are the only top 10 players left in the 2019 Rotterdam field, along with rising stars Karen Khachanov, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev.

The 2019 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament is live from Rotterdam between February 9-17.


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