A freak out that could be expensive. The German Alexander Zverev, 3rd in the world in singles, repeatedly hit the referee’s chair with his racket after a defeat in doubles, Tuesday, February 22, at the ATP tournament in Acapulco.
The 24-year-old came out of his hinges after his super tie-break loss with Brazilian Marcelo Melo against Briton Lloyd Glasspool and Finland’s Harri Heliövaara (6-2, 4-6, 10-6).
It was on the penultimate ball of the match that the sauce began to go to the head of the German. His opponent’s short cross forehand is judged good by the referee, which somewhat annoyed Zverev, even insulting the referee several times. After a final ace conceded, the player completely cracked.
Alexander Zverev ended muy molesto tras perder el duelo de dobles en los octavos de final del Abierto Mexicano.
Al finalizar el partido golpeó la silla del juez en varias ocasiones. pic.twitter.com/OxPj8NmKCW
— ESPN Deportes (@ESPNDeportes) February 23, 2022
On the videos, we see Zverev hitting the referee’s chair three times, sitting down and then getting up to insult the official and give a final stroke of the racket. This gesture and these remarks are liable to fines and sanctions according to the disciplinary code of the ATP, which provides in particular for exclusion from the tournament.
“Furthermore, if the First Vice-President, Rules and Competitions, determines that this was an infraction particularly detrimental to the proper conduct of the tournament or detrimental to the integrity of the sport, he may consider sanctions additional (fines or suspensions)”, specifies the ATP in this disciplinary code. On Wednesday morning, the tournament organization decided to disqualify Zverev for “unsportsmanlike conduct”while still in singles contention.
More in the day, in a story published on his Instagram account, Zverev claims to have “privately apologized to the chair umpire” after his outburst “unacceptable” against him, he added.
“It shouldn’t have happened, I have no excuse. I apologize to my fans, to the tournament and to this sport that I love. As you know, I give everything on the court. On Tuesday, I gave too muchhe also wrote.
The 24-year-old also announced that he will enjoy the next few days “to think” to his actions and on how to ensure “that this does not happen again in the future”.