Zverev to play exhibitions ahead of Australian Open return
Alexander Zverev doing his best to prepare for his return.
The 25-year-old German, who has been sidelined since undergoing surgery for a horrific right ankle injury he suffered in the Roland Garros semi-finals against Rafa Nadal in the spring last, is back on the pitch and in training.
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Micha Zverev, The older brother of Alexander Zverev, told Eurosport Germany the former world No. 2 is pain free and training for the 2023 season.
“We were able to train last week,” he told Eurosport Germany. “On Monday, we were even able to play a little longer. For the moment, he is not in pain and feels well. He just needs a few matches before the big season.
“Since the big game against Nadal – unfortunately with a bitter end – he hasn’t been able to play any game. That’s why we signed up for a few exhibition tournaments.”
The Australian Open is scheduled for January 16-29. That gives Zverev just over two months to prepare. Alexander Zverev announced last week that he will participate in the Dubai exhibition in December.
Mischa Zverev says Alexander Zverev intends to play the United Cup, the new international mixed team event featuring ATP and WTA stars playing on the same team, in January in preparation for the major from Melbourne.
“Home practice sets without an audience are just something different. So you have to be on the pitch, against a top player, with ball boys and referees to feel the adrenaline again” , said Mischa Zverev. “What do you do when the score is 30-30? How do you perform on the second serve? All you have to do is test again. Just like your foot.
“In Australia, he wants to start in the United Cup. Of course, he doesn’t miss it.
Alexander Zverev reached the semi-finals of the 2020 Australian Open and fell in the fourth round last January.
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