Third-place finisher Alexander Zverev was knocked out of the Mexican Open for breaking his racket during the umpire chair after losing a double.
The incident took place after Zverev and Marcelo Melo lost to Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 on Tuesday night in Acapulco.
Zverev hit the umpire chair three times, sat for a few minutes, then got up and shouted at the umpire that he “destroyed the whole game (expletive)” and hit the chair again with his racket as the umpire went down. Umpire pulled his foot back in place for fear of being hit.
Alexander Zverev has been knocked out of the Mexican Open for attacking the umpire chair in the final of his double competition pic.twitter.com/CWhQ1r6kwj
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A few minutes ago, Zverev received a code violation after shouting and swearing in opposition to a shotgun he ruled, setting up a game venue. Glasspool then finished the match with an ace.
“Due to male sexual misconduct after his double match on Tuesday night, Alexander Zverev withdrew from the competition in Acapulco,” ATP said on Twitter early Thursday.
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Due to the unfairness of the game at the end of his two-legged tie on Tuesday night, Alexander Zverev withdrew from the competition in Acapulco.
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The 24-year-old German is a defensive champion in the singles. The ATP website shows that his second-round opponent, Peter Gojowczyk, has given the go-ahead.
As the crowd roared, Zverev handed the damaged robe to a child in the front row.
Previously, Daniil Medvedev continued his goal of 1st place with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Benoit Paire to advance to the second round.
The 26-year-old Russian could beat Novak Djokovic for the top spot in the men’s category if he wins the title here.
Medvedev, who won the US 2021 Open and was runner-up to Rafael Nadal last month at the Australian Open, is playing in Mexico for the first time.