World No.2 Alexander Zverev's huge announcement ahead of US Open

Alexander Zverev (pictured middle) injured during the French Open.
Alexander Zverev (pictured middle) is attempting to return from injury in time for the US Open. (Getty Images)

World No.2 Alexander Zverev is fighting to be fit for the US Open after spending the last two months out injured following a horror ankle roll at the French Open.

Zverev was in a tough match against eventual champion Rafa Nadal in the semi-final of the French Open when injury hit.

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Nadal and Zrerev had already clocked three hours and were 6-6 in the second set when the German went over on his angle and yelled out in pain.

He left court in a wheelchair, returning shortly after on crutches and in tears to announce his retirement, with Nadal going on to extend his record Grand Slam haul to 22, routing Norway's Casper Ruud in the final.

However, after returning to the practice court, the German has come encouraging news for fans.

Speaking in Hamburg at a press conference on Thursday the Tokyo Olympic champion Zverev said: "Obviously I am going to try to make it to the US Open even if it's in a very very short time."

He later added: "Maybe I could say I'm ready. Best-of-five is difficult."

"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 is in a race to be fit with the Cincinnati Masters kicking-off next week, before the US Open gets underway.

The last Grand Slam of the season starts in New York in a little over a fortnight on August 29.

If Flushing Meadows comes too soon Zverev is aiming to return for the September 13-18 Davis Cup group phase against France, Belgium and Australia in his native Hamburg.

Last week Zverev revealed that he suffers from type 1 diabetes, admitting he had struggled to accept his condition and had tried to hide it from the world.

Gael Monfils' horror injury at Canadian Open

Much like Zverev's horrible injury, Gael Monfils went down at the Canadian Open after rolling his ankle.

Monfils was returning to tennis after a three month break, but was a set down to British talent Jack Draper.

In the third game, Monfils hit a running forehand before awkwardly landing on his right ankle.

The 35-year-old went down in agony, which prompted Draper to rush over and check on the veteran.

Draper and the chair umpire helped Monfils to his feet and took him to a chair.

However, Monfils was clearly in pain and appeared to break into tears as a result of the horror setback.

Monfils attempted to play on, but it was clear he was in too much pain to run.

with AFP

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