Alexander Zverev’s long-planned return from his June knee injury was dealt a scheduling blow as the German tested positive for COVID.

It’s not the first time for the ATP No. 12, who was stretchered off court five months ago after taking a fall in his Roland Garros semi-final against Rafael Nadal.

The 25-year-old was to have appeared on a German TV chat show, but had to send his regrets.

He is also due for a Saudi payday at next month’s exhibition set for 8-10 December.

It’s not the first case of COVID for Zverev, who also tested positive during Novak Djokovic’s ill-fated June 2021 exhibition tour. Zverev was told to isolate but was photographed partying it up in the South of France during what was to have been his quarantine period.

Main photo:- Alexander Zverev lies injured on the court during loss against Nadal at Roland Garros by Photo Roger Parker International Sports Fotos Ltd