Sophia Thomalla actually supports her boyfriend, tennis player Alexander Zverev, regularly in his games.Image: www.imago-images.de / imago images
Tennis star Alexander Zverev had to give up against Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the “French Open”. He twisted his ankle so badly during the match that he lay on the ground for minutes and eventually had to be wheeled off the tennis court. He couldn’t continue playing after that.
“Noises that sound like something breaking. In quick succession: crack, crack, crack, very quickly”
Alexander Zverev had to be pushed off the field in a wheelchair.Image: www.imago-images.de / imago images
“I only remember three noises. Noises that sound like something breaking. In quick succession: crack, crack, crack, very quickly”the tennis star describes the moment of the accident in an interview with “Bild am Sonntag (BamS)”. “Then I was in extreme pain, it was amazing. It was like someone shooting me in the foot.”
Alexander Zverev twisted his ankle in the match against Rafael Nadal.Image: www.imago-images.de / imago images
Although he has never failed to finish a game, it was clear relatively quickly in the locker room that there would be no chance that day. That night he reported to his fans on his Instagram channel and said that it looked like a “serious injury”. It turned out: triple torn ligaments.
His parents took care of him – Sophia didn’t
After the accident, Zverev needed support. “I couldn’t do anything on my own: shower, go to the toilet”he reports in the “BamS”.
But his girlfriend Sophia Thomalla could not be with him in the difficult phase after the accident. Unusual because the moderator regularly accompanies her boyfriend to his games and is often at his side. But when Zverev had the accident, according to “BamS” she was filming in Greece. It was obviously not a nice situation for the athlete.
Compared to “BamS” he says: “In this phase you want to be around the people you love the most. So it was disappointing for me that Sophia didn’t come.” He adds: “But that’s the job.”
Fortunately, his parents were able to take care of their son. “They took care of me like a little baby. It was so important to me. These two people helped me the most.” He also played with his little nephew. “You’re a little hero for children if you’re on TV from time to time. He wanted to spend time with me,” he says.
“They took care of me like a little baby.”
Sophia Thomalla with emotional words after the accident
Sophia Thomalla reported publicly after the accident with emotional and touching words on Instagram. “My heart broke into a thousand pieces when I saw the accident. Sport can be so incredibly cruel,” she wrote on a photo of her boyfriend.
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