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Did Sophia Thomalla's support save Alexander Zverev's career? How important is a partner's role in recovery?

For most athletes, injuries are like the weather – they come and go. But sometimes the damage caused could be so severe that it threatens the career of an athlete. Alexander Zverev escaped this fate in the nick of time and perseverance back in 2022. The German star made a stronger-than-ever comeback, with the support of his partner, Sophia Thomalla. Her crucial effort to getting him back on track might just make you emotional!

The 2022 French Open is certainly famous for Rafael Nadal’s 14th Grand Slam glory on the clay court. However, his then-semi-final opponent, Zverev, would remember it for all the different reasons. A career-threatening injury! In the intensive battle for the final sport, Zverev battled the ‘King of Clay’ for over 3 hours. However, before the completion of the 2nd set, Zverev was down on the clay, holding his ankle with eyes closed in angst and pain.

Marking an end to his clay swing as well as the 2022 calendar year. The injury resulted in several torn lateral ligaments in his right foot. And the recovery was not easy, as Zverev stayed away from the tennis court for almost 6 months.

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However, he had the support of his girlfriend, who stood firm by his side while helping the German get back on track with his beloved sport. Back in an interview in 2023, Zverev opened up about his time off the court during recovery. “The injury changed me,” he claimed. But Thomalla helped Zverev taste the other aspects of life: “She (Sophia) gave me a chance to realize there’s a lot more out there than tennis.”

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How did Sophia Thomalla impact Alexander Zverev's life the most?

Emotional support

Career guidance

Motivation to recover

Personal happiness

via Reuters

This can be seen from their very few snippets shared by Zverev on his Instagram account as they chill around at pool, or beach. Something positive came out of a negative moment for the German star.

“I think for tennis players it is always very important who you have next to you. Sophia is someone who gives me peace and security,” the German tennis star said in December 2021. “I play extremely well with her behind me and I hope that will continue to be the case next year and maybe even better. I haven’t achieved all of my goals yet.”

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These trying moments in the tennis star’s life certainly made not only Zverev stronger than ever, but their relationship too. Being a famous tennis star, and dating an equally popular model and actor, could lead to severe public scrutiny. However, despite everything, the two quashed all the breakup rumors, repeatedly. In the recent update about the couple, Thomalla lands at Wimbledon to support her beau!

Alexander Zverev’s girlfriend lands in Wimbledon as he proceeds on the grass

Zverev has sailed through the initial rounds of the Grass Slam with straight sets. The German stepped onto the grass courts to bury the demons of red dirt loss of Paris. Until now, he has placed himself in tennis fans’ strong contender’s list, which features Jannik Sinner and the defending champion Carlos Alcaraz.

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Though some may say that Zverev might do it this time on the grass, as he has his Lady Luck, Thomalla beside him to support his campaign. She posted an update for the followers about her arrival in London, which coincided with the beginning of the main draw. And Zverev has not disappointed his fans and partner with his performance.

However, would he be able to continue his spectacular form to demolish the Alcaraz and Sinner’s wall to claim the ultimate prize? Only time could answer this question, as we wait for the winner.