Alexander Zverev wants after his hamstring injury during the French Open compete at the upcoming lawn tournament in Halle, Westphalia.
“It’s not a six-month injury, it’s a week. Then you might have to be a little more careful, but I’ll play in Halle.”, said the Olympic tennis champion in an interview with “Sport Bild”. For the tournament in Stuttgart this week, the Hamburger had canceled.
The 26-year-old suffered a slight strain in his thigh at the classic clay court in Paris in the last training session before the semi-final defeat against the Norwegian Casper Ruud. Zverev clearly missed the leap into the final with the 3: 6, 4: 6, 0: 6.
Before the Grand Slam-Tournament in Wimbledon (July 3rd to 16th) Zverev wants to train again in Halle for the first time after leaving France from Thursday (June 15th, 2023), the tournament starts on Saturday. “It’s also good that the body has a bit of rest”, said Zverev. He has the injury well under control, he said: “Nothing’s broken, it’s actually just a strain.”
“I’m not going there like a Kasper”
Zverev then travels to the Wimbledon tournament with great ambition, even if a difficult task awaits him. In London he has never made it past the round of 16. “I’m too big for the topping”he said: “When I’m there, I still want to win. I don’t go there like a prankster and take it as a training week. But realistically it’s more difficult for me than the other Grand Slams.”