Alexander Zverev provides latest update on US Open participation

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Alexander Zverev provides latest update on US Open participation

World No. 2 Alexander Zverev has confirmed that he still hasn't given up on his US Open participation but admits it will be a "very close" call. "Of course I will still try to make the US Open,” Zverev said, per Eurosport.

“Although it will be very, very close." Zverev hasn't played since the French Open and playing best-of-five-set matches in his first tournament back might not be ideal. "Maybe I could say I'm ready.

Best-of-five is difficult," Zverev added: "Every day it really gets better. That's why I don't want to say yet that I won't play the US Open."

Zverev making progress following an ankle surgery

During his French Open semifinal versus Rafael Nadal, Zverev tore several ligaments in his ankle.

Zverev had to surgically repair the damage and it was clear he would be forced to miss Wimbledon and be sidelined for a significant time. Just recently, Zverev was allowed to return to the practice court. In his first practice, Zverev practiced "very carefully" as he didn't want to suffer a setback.

Fortunately, the practice went well and Zverev didn't feel any pain afterward. "Of course I moved very carefully, I haven't built up any pressure on my foot yet, but it's just good news that I really haven't had any pain at all - now we can move on," Zverev said last week.

Suffering a serious ankle injury was absolutely devastating for Zverev, who was just two wins away from winning his first Grand Slam title at the French Open. Before the start of the season, Zverev underlined that his top priority in 2022 was to win a maiden Grand Slam title.

Now, Zverev is in danger of missing the last two Grand Slams of the season. The US Open is the only tournament where Zverev has made a Grand Slam final. In 2020, Zverev blew a two-set versus Dominic Thiem in the US Open final.