Alexander Zverev undergoes ankle surgery after Roland Garros crash

Alexander Zverev underwent surgery on torn ankle ligaments after his fall in the French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal.

Zverev fell and twisted his ankle late in the second set at Roland Garros on Friday, screaming in pain as Nadal rushed around the net to help.

The German was helped to his feet but was taken off the pitch in a wheelchair for treatment.

After five minutes, the 25-year-old reappeared on crutches to tell the referee he couldn’t continue.

Zverev has now confirmed he has had surgery for the injury but has not set a deadline for his return.

Writing on Instagram, Zverev said: “We all have our own journey in life. It’s part of mine. Next week I will reach a career high of world number 2, but this morning I had to undergo surgery.

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

“To return to competition as quickly as possible, to ensure the proper healing of all the ligaments and to regain total stability of my ankle, surgery was the best choice.

“My rehabilitation starts now and I will do everything to come back stronger than ever!

“I continue to receive so many messages and I would like to once again thank everyone for supporting me during such a difficult time.”

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