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Zverev withdraws from Rio Games

2016-08-01 13:29
Alexander Zverev (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Germany's young tennis prodigy, Alexander Zverev, has pulled out of the Rio Olympics on Sunday, citing fitness issues as the reason for his withdrawal.

"During my last two ATP matches in Washington and Toronto, I did not feel 100 percent and after several consultations with doctors and my team, we have decided that I must withdraw from the Olympics," he posted on Instagram.

"I hope to be back in full form for the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and wish my German teammates all the best in Rio."

The seeded 19-year-old, who is ranked 25th in the world, beat Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Halle Open in June before losing to fellow German Florian Mayer in the final.

He will not be joining countrymen Philipp Kohlschreiber, Dustin Brown, and Jan-Lennard Struff at the men's singles event.

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