WATCH: Alexander Zverev Has a Nasty Surprise After Quarter-Final Victory at Montpellier Open

Published 02/04/2022, 11:15 PM EST

After the excitement of the Australian Open 2022, many stars have now moved to the Montpellier Open. The French ATP tournament played host to stars like Alexander Zverev, Gael Monfils, and Alexander Bublik, among others.

In fact, German World No. 3 Alexander Zverev is just two matches away from winning the tournament. The German has entered the semi-final round of the Open Sud de France, where he will face Swedish Mikael Ymer.

Even though his quarter-final victory over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino was quite straightforward, Zverev had a surprise in store after his victory.


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Alexander Zverev surprised by a ball at the Montpellier Open quarter-final

Alexander Zverev is currently having a great run at the Montpellier Open in France. Not only is he through to the semi-final, but he hasn’t dropped a single set in the tournament yet.

Zverev, in his first match in the round-of-16, put away American Mackenzie McDonald 6-2, 7(7)-6(5). After that, he met Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the quarter-final.

In fact, Zverev’s bout with Mannarino was a relatively easy one. The World No. 3 only lost a single game throughout the match, breezing past his French opponent in straight sets.

However, it was after the match that Zverev was in for a nasty surprise. As he sat on his player’s bench wrapping up his equipment, a tennis ball came flying straight for his head!


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As Mannarino walked off the court at the end of a 50-minute match, a ball hit Zverev right in the temple. Hence, the German looked completely baffled and even looked toward the umpire in confusion.

From where the ball came, it looks like a ball boy must have missed their target- or maybe they just like Stefanos Tsitsipas more!

Zverev’s disappointing Australian Open run

It came as no surprise that everyone expected the World No. 3 star to go very deep in the Australian Open 2022. In fact, Alexander Zverev had looked quite poised to make a fairly deep run in the first Grand Slam of the year.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 23, 2022. Germany’s Alexander Zverev reacts during his fourth-round match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Moreover, until the fourth round, Zverev had not even dropped a single set in the Grand Slam. Thus, he had been the clear favorite in his bout against Canadian Denis Shapovalov.


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However, this was Alexander Zverev’s first seeded opponent in the major, and the world and himself were in for a surprise. Shapovalov breezed past Zverev in straight sets, in what was quite a disappointing performance from the German.

Zverev exited the Australian Open after losing to Shapovalov 3-6, 6(5)-7(7), 3-6, thus bringing his Australian campaign to an end.


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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.