Alexander Zverev hasn't been included in Germany's team for the Davis Cup Finals and it appears that the German's 2022 season is now officially over. On Monday, German team captain Michael Kohlmann nominated Oscar Otte, Jan-Lennard Struff, Yannick Hanfmann, Tim Puetz, and Kevin Krawietz for the upcoming knockout stage of the Davis Cup Finals.
Zverev, the top-ranked German player, hasn't played since the French Open. After tearing several ankle ligaments at the French Open, Zverev sustained a bone edema on his right foot in September. “At the moment it doesn’t look like Alexander Zverev will be ready for action again until the Davis Cup,” a statement read.
With Zverev sidelined, German captain Kohlmann voiced some confidence and belief in the group of players he has available.
"At the moment it doesn't look like Alexander Zverev will be ready for action again until the Davis Cup", the german federation writes in its press release.
Squad for the Davis Cup Finals
Oscar Otte, Jan-Lennard Struff, Yannick Hanfmann, Tim Pütz, Kevin Krawietz
No surprises pic.twitter.com/daMTWhzIpu — Jannik Schneider (@schnejan) October 24, 2022
“These players have been convincing and deserve to continue the journey together. The team has developed an incredible sense of togetherness over the past few years, which, coupled with our playing quality, makes us an uncomfortable opponent for any nation," Kohlmann said.
Why Zverev is not playing?
After missing Wimbledon and the US Open, Zverev set his target date for the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals. While Zverev was with the German team in Hamburg, he was diagnosed with a bone edema on his right foot.
"I am very disappointed to miss out on playing this week. It was a massive goal for me to play here because it is my hometown and a I know the stadium very well. I have a bone edema issue which causes me quite a lot of pain.
I don't know if it happened yesterday or not but yesterday in practice with Oscar [Otte] it got to the point where I couldn't run or walk anymore. I subsequently found out that it was a bone edema, which means I wont be able to participate here and it is not a question of days, it is more a question of weeks or most likely even months," Zverev said in September.