'Hearing those cries you knew it was serious' - Chris Evert on horror Alexander Zverev injury at French Open
With Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev's enthralling semi-final in the balance and already at three hours with the second set yet to be concluded, the German twisted his ankle in what was an awful injury and had to leave the court in a wheelchair. Zverev screamed out in pain to immediate alarm, and Eurosport's Chris Evert said she knew straight away how serious the injury was.
Heartbreaking moment Zverev helped away in wheelchair as Nadal consoles him after injury
The third seed had to leave the court in a wheelchair after being consoled by Nadal. After a short period, Zverev returned to the court on crutches to confirm his retirement from the match and leave his hopes of reaching the final in tatters.
For Evert, it was obvious how serious the injury was watching on, and she paid tribute to the German despite the heartbreaking nature of his retirement from the match.
"When you heard those cries you knew it was serious," Evert said. "My mind wandered to that big summer of Wimbledon and the US Open and whether he is going to be able to play or will he miss those.
"The thing with Zverev is that he was really coming into his own, he was playing so well this whole tournament, the wins he had. What about Alcaraz? What a big win for him. He had chances in the first set against Rafa, and Rafa looked a little bit tired, which is understandable.
'You knew it was serious' - Evert reacts to shock Zverev injury against Nadal