Alexander Zverev, the second-ranked player in the world, has withdrawn from the National Bank Open in Montreal, meaning he will undoubtedly miss the beginning of the North American hard court swing.
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Zverev is out.
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One of its past winners will no longer compete in the National Bank Open, which alternates between Montreal and Toronto each year.
Zverev, the winner of the 2017 National Bank Open, had an ankle injury at the French Open that required surgery to repair numerous ligaments. Zverev will have to wait at least another year to make his sixth appearance at the National Bank Open because he hasn’t fully healed from an ankle surgery.
Since the National Bank Open was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic and Zverev elected to skip last year’s tournament after winning the Tokyo Olympics, he hasn’t actually competed there since 2019.
Zverev is still planning to compete at the US Open.
Zverev is still expecting to be able to participate in the US Open in New York, which begins on August 29. According to a representative, “Sascha is recovering well and is still expecting that he can be ready for the US Open.”
To be able to predict whether he will be able to compete there or not, though, is still too early. Zverev is keen to get back into action as soon as possible, but he has made it plain that he won’t play until he feels prepared to contend for championships.
“My return date won’t be set in stone just yet. I aim to prevail in every competition I enter. I don’t attend events purely to play; that’s just my character. I will thus compete when I believe I can win this tournament “Zverev said to Deutcschland of Eurosport.
Zverev remarked during the French Open this year that he is no longer among the younger players and that at this stage in his career, all he needs to do is learn how to win Grand Slams.