German Tennis Star Alexander Zverev Withdraws From Rio Olympics

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Sunday, July 31st, 2016 | 0

Germany’s up-and-coming tennis player Alexander Zverev has pulled out of the upcoming Rio Olympics citing fitness issues.

The 19-year-old’s otherwise career-best season took a beating last week when he suffered a brutal loss in the semi-finals of Washington (lost to Gael Monfils), before being handed another straight-set defeat in the first round of Toronto Masters (lost to Yen-Hsun Lu).

Zverev took to his official Instagram account to share the news that he “didn’t feel 100 percent” in his last two defeats, which has compelled his withdrawal from the Games.

“Unfortunately, I have had to withdraw from the Olympics. During my last two ATP matches in Washington and Toronto, I did not feel 100% and after several consultations with doctors and my team, we have decided that I must withdraw from the Olympics. I hope to be back in full form for the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and wish my German teammates all the best in Rio,” wrote the World No. 25.

In Zverev’s absence, Germany will be represented by Philipp Kohlschreiber, Dustin Brown and Jan-Lennard Struff in the men’s singles event.


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