German tennis star Alexander Zverev paid his tribute to German Formula 1 Sebastian Vettel.
Last weekend, Vettel drove the final race of his career.
Vettel, 35, won four F1 championships and finished his career with 53 wins.
“Thank you for the support, the messages, the letters and all the love,” Vettel said in F1’s Instagram post.
Zverev shared that Instagram post and captioned it: “We will miss you.”
Zverev hit by COVID-19 but expected to play in December
Zverev, who hasn’t played since the French Open, tested positive for COVID-19 last week.
However, he is expected to be ready to make his return to competitive action at the Diriyah Tennis Cup, which takes place between December 08-10.
Zverev, 25, will be making his second appearance at the Diriyah Tennis Cup, having featured at the tournament during its inaugural edition in 2019.
“I’m happy that I’ll finally be back on the court after my injury. It’s even nicer that I can make my comeback before the official start of the 2023 season. I think the Diriyah Tennis Cup offers a very good opportunity for it and I’m looking forward to being in Saudi Arabia for the first time,” Zverev said in the tournament’s press release.
After the Diriyah Tennis Cup, Zverev will go to Dubai for the World Tennis League.
“Hey guys, quick update. I am very happy to be back on court, also excited to be finally start competing in December and be back in Dubai at the World Tennis League. It’s going to be exciting. See you guys there,” Zverev said a video for the World Tennis League.
Zverev, ranked at No 12 in the world, tore several ligaments during his French Open semifinal match versus Rafael Nadal.
Then, Zverev sustained a bone edema in September.
Hopefully, Zverev returns to action next month and kicks off his 2023 season in time.