One of the world’s biggest tennis stars has been booted out of the Mexican Open after violently lashing out at the chair umpire.
World Number Three Alexander Zverev launched the extraordinary outburst after he and Brazil’s Marcelo Melo went down to the UK’s Lloyd Glasspool and Finland’s Harri Heliövaara in their doubles clash on Tuesday night local time.
Following the loss, the 24-year-old approached the umpire, slamming his racquet against the chair so hard he was forced to move his legs out of the way.
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Zverev was then heard shouting “You f****** destroyed the whole f****** match. The whole f****** match”.
As a result, the ATP announced on social media that the German tennis star had been kicked out of the tournament.
“Due to unsportsmanlike conduct at the conclusion of his doubles match on Tuesday night, Alexander Zverev has been withdrawn from the tournament in Acapulco,” organisers said.
Zverev has since taken to Instagram to apologise for his actions, admitting he is filled with so much “regret”.
“It is difficult to put into words how much I regret my behaviour during and after the doubles match yesterday,” he wrote.
“I have privately apologised to the chair umpire because my outburst towards him was wrong and unacceptable, and I am only disappointed in myself.
“It should not have happened and there is no excuse. I would also like to apologise 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’m 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 has been THROWN OUT of the Mexican Open for attacking the umpire’s chair at the end of his doubles match 😮😮😮 pic.twitter.com/CWhQ1r6kwj
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