Alexander Zverev and top-ranked U.S. player Reilly Opelka the 2020 US Open finalist have been withdrawn from the 2022 US Open Tennis. On Monday, both players officially announced withdrawal. Twenty-five years old German players still suffered ongoing ankle injuries.
Zverev was injured in the French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal in June and then he was sidelined for long period. Zverev sprained his right ankle while trying to find the ball across the bottom line and had to leave the field in a wheelchair before the tiebreaker in the second set. He later undergoes surgery to tear three collateral ligaments in the affected ankle.
Zverev has reached 27 consecutive majors since his debut in 2015 before injuries forced him out of Wimbledon. He has competed in seven consecutive U.S. Open main draws, not only finishing second behind Dominic Thiem in 2020 but also reaching the semifinals last year. Opelka, No. 28 this week, is currently the third-ranked American in the ATP behind Taylor Fritz and Frances Tiafoe. He had his best performance at the Open 12 months ago when he reached the fourth round.