A reminder that Alexander Zverev is currently under investigation for violently attacking a former girlfriend. Now, he’ll be under investigation for violently attacking an umpire chair and intimidating an umpire.
Last night in Acapulco in a doubles match with good friend Marcelo Melo, Zverev slammed his racquet into the umpire chair — narrowly missing the umpire’s feet — and then verbally assaulted the chair umpire following a loss.
The tournament has since disqualified Zverev for the offense, from both doubles and singles where he was defending champion. And pending a further investigation, he could be suspended from the tour missing upcoming Masters events at Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo.
“Due to unsportsmanlike conduct at the conclusion of his doubles match on Tuesday night, Alexander Zverev has been withdrawn from the tournament in Acapulco,” the ATP said in a statement.
The 24-year-old Zverev’s violent outburst doesn’t help his claims that he’s innocent of any abuse toward his former girlfriend in a much-publicized case, which the ATP is still looking into.
Zverev then took to social media to release a statement of apology.
“It is difficult to put into words how much I regret my behavior during and after the doubles match yesterday,” Zverev said. “I have privately apologized to the chair umpire because my outburst towards him was wrong and unacceptable, and I am only disappointed in myself.
“It just should not have happened and there is no excuse. I would also like to apologize to my fans, the tournament, and the sport that I love.”
“As you know, I leave everything on the court. Yesterday, I left too much. I am going to take the coming days to reflect — on my actions and how I can ensure that it will not happen again. I am sorry for letting you down.”
Alexander zverev sobre lo sucedido en Mexico ….! 🎾🎾🎾 pic.twitter.com/VA5oQec6Gg
— Allez (@allez588) February 23, 2022
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It is difficult to put into words how much I find Zverev a growing liability to the sport of tennis. There’s a very dark side to this man – ATP should proceed with caution.
February 23rd, 2022 at 11:21 am