Tennis: tournament exclusion for Zverev after freaking out


Alexander Zverev was excluded from the ATP tournament in Acapulco for unsportsmanlike conduct. The German freaked out on Tuesday (local time) after his defeat in doubles and smashed his racket on the referee’s chair. Previously, he had been upset about a decision by the referee. The ATP reacted immediately and also excluded him from the individual competition.

After the 2: 6 6: 4 6/10, Zverev and his Brazilian doubles partner Marcelo Melo hit the Brit Lloyd Glasspool and the Finn Harri Heliovaara several times with his racket against the referee’s chair, on which the referee was still sitting. In addition, the third in the world rankings insulted the referee, who reacted calmly to the attacks at his feet, as “idiots”.

The outburst of anger could bring the German further sanctions from the ATP. In 2019, after an initial fine of $113,000, Aussie Nick Kyrgios, who is known for his outbursts, was handed a 16-week suspended sentence and an additional $25,000 fine for “aggravating behavior” by the ATP.

Zverev disqualified after freaking out

In the world of professional tennis, a player outside of his talents is once again making a name for himself. This time the German tennis star Alexander Zverev with a freak out at the tournament in Acapulco in Mexico.

Zverev had won the title at the top event last year. Early on Tuesday morning (local time) he had won his first round singles match against the American Jenson Brooksby after 3:20 hours 3:6 7:6 (12/10) 6:2. The game only ended at 4.55 a.m. – never before on the ATP tour had a match ended later. In view of the exertion, it would probably have been wiser not to start in doubles. In the round of 16, Zverev should have played against his compatriot Peter Gojowczyk. The 32-year-old is now in the quarter-finals without a fight.

Image got clear scratches again

The fact that he gave his demolished racket to a fan after the freak out should only have brought Zverev a few sympathy points from this supporter. Otherwise, the image of the German athlete of the year has been scratched again, as investigations by the ATP are still ongoing against him because of unproven allegations of violence from his ex-girlfriend Olga Scharypova.

Zverev later expressed remorse via social media and regretted his serious misstep: “I apologized privately to the referee because my outburst to him was wrong and unacceptable.” The 24-year-old also apologized to the fans and the tournament. Zverev announced that he would also think about his behavior in the coming days. He wants to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

Opening victories for Nadal and Medvedev

Australian Open winner Rafael Nadal from Spain and Russian Daniil Medvedev caused less excitement, but victories. Nadal prevailed in the first round against the American Denis Kudla in 76 minutes 6: 3 6: 2. Medvedev, Nadal’s final opponent in Melbourne, progressed a round in Mexico thanks to a safe 6-3 6-4 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire. Medvedev can oust the Serbian Novak Djokovic from the top of the world rankings this week.

ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco

(Mexico, $1,832,890, hard)

Round of 16 tableau:
Daniil Medwedew (RUS / 1) Pablo Andujar (ESP) -:- -:-
Taylor Fritz (USA/7) Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) -:- -:-
Rafael Nadal (ESP/4) Stefan Kozlov (USA) -:- -:-
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) Tommy Paul (USA) -:- -:-
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP/8) Marcos Giron (USA) -:- -:-
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE / 3) Jeffrey John Wolf (USA) -:- -:-
Cameron Norrie (GBR/6) John Isner (USA) -:- -:-
Peter Gojowczyk (GER) Alexander Zverev (GER/2) wo
First round tableau:
Daniil Medwedew (RUS / 1) Benoit Pair (FRA) 6:3 6:4
Pablo Andujar (ESP) Alex Hernandez (MEX) 6:0 6:1
Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 2:6 6:0 6:4
Taylor Fritz (USA/7) Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6:3 6:3
Rafael Nadal (ESP/4) Denis Kudla (USA) 6:3 6:2
Stefan Kozlov (USA) Grigor Dimitrow (BUL) 7:6 (10/8) 5:7 6:3
Dusan Lajovic (SRB) Sebastian Korda (USA) 6:4 4:6 7:5
Tommy Paul (USA) Matteo Berrettini (ITA / 5) 4: 6 5: 1 ret.
Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP/8) Oscar Otte (GER) 6:2 6:4
Marcos Giron (USA) John Millman (AUS) 7: 6 (7/3) 2: 0 ret.
Jeffrey John Wolf (USA) Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 3:6 7:6 (9/7) 6:2
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE / 3) Laszlo Djere (SRB) 7:6 (9/7) 7:6 (7/4)
Cameron Norrie (GBR/6) Daniel Altmaier (GER) 7:6 (7/5) 6:2
John Isner (USA) Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 7:5 6:7 (4/7) 7:6 (7/3)
Peter Gojowczyk (GER) Brandon Nakashima (USA) 6:4 6:4
Alexander Zverev (GER/2) Jenson Brooksby (USA) 3:6 7:6 (12/10) 6:2



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