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Alexander Zverez handed suspended eight-week ban after Mexican Open outburst

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The German was thrown out of the tournament in Acapulco after he repeatedly hit
the chair of umpire Alessandro Germani with his racket at the end of a doubles
match; he apologised publicly for the incident and privately to Germani

Last Updated: 08/03/22 9:35am

Alexander Zverev has been handed a suspended eight-week ban

World No 3 Alexander Zverev has been handed a suspended eight-week ban from ATP-sanctioned events following an investigation into his conduct at the Mexican Open last month.

The German was thrown out of the tournament in Acapulco after he repeatedly hit the chair of umpire Alessandro Germani with his racket at the end of a doubles match.

Zverev almost hit the leg of the official at one point and while he apologised publicly for the incident and privately to Germani, the ATP’s senior vice-president of rules and competition, Miro Bratoev, conducted a review into the behaviour of the 24-year-old.

An ATP statement concluding the review read: “The review determined that Zverev committed Aggravated Behaviour under the Player Major Offense section of ATP Rules.

“As a result, Zverev has been issued an additional fine of $25,000 (£19,000) and a suspension for a period of eight weeks from any ATP-sanctioned event.

“However, the fine and suspension are withheld on the condition that, over a probation period ending February 22, 2023 – one year from the incident – the player does not incur a further Code Violation.”

It means Zverev will now be walking on a tightrope with a further code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct or verbal or physical abuse towards “an official, opponent, spectator or any other person” on-court resulting in an eight-week suspension being implemented, subject to any appeal process.

Alexander Zverez fined $40k, loses prize money and ranking points

Alexander Zverev has been fined $40,000 dollars, forfeited more than $30,000 in prize money and lost all of his rankings points from the Mexican Open .

The 2020 US Open runner-up had already been fined $40,000 and forfeited his prize money of more than $30,000 for his actions.

Zverev has until Friday to lodge an appeal but did apologise for the incident that took place on February 23.

He wrote: “It is difficult to put into words how much I regret my behaviour during and after the doubles match yesterday.

“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.”





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