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The ATP Tour announced Wednesday that
Alexander Zverev was removed from the Mexican Open singles draw because of “unsportsmanlike conduct” after a violent
outburst following a doubles loss on Tuesday night.
Zverev smashed his racket on the
umpire’s chair several times and yelled at the umpire, saying he’d “destroyed the whole [expletive] match,” per Carlos Rodriguez of
the Associated Press.
Video of the incident shows Zverev coming close to hitting the umpire’s foot with his racket, and he can clearly be heard swearing multiple times.
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Alexander Zverev has been kicked out of the Mexican Open after smashing an umpire’s chair with his racket 😲🎾 pic.twitter.com/ZlOt2cWNsc
Zverev and playing partner Marcelo Melo
had suffered a first-round loss to Lloyd Glasspool and Harri
Heliovaara in a super tiebreaker when the incident occurred. He’d previously received a code violation for swearing at the umpire over
a disputed call.
Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated provided a statement from Zverev after his disqualification:
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Zverev + Notes app = a regrettably frequent pairing pic.twitter.com/lmnoDWQksx
The 24-year-old German was the singles
tournament’s No. 2 seed and scored a three-set victory over Jenson
Brooksby in the first round. His second-round opponent, Peter
Gojowczyk, was given a walkover win to the quarterfinals.
Zverev was the event’s defending
In October, the ATP Tour launched an
investigation into allegations of domestic abuse brought against
Zverev by his former girlfriend, Olya Sharypova.
Slate’s Ben Rothenberg detailed
Sharypova’s allegations in August, including multiple allegations of abuse
in 2019 before she cut off contact with him in December of that year.
In November 2020, after Sharypova had
made allegations against Zverev to Russian media, he posted on
Instagram calling them “unfounded accusations” and “simply not
The ATP Tour hasn’t provided a
timetable to conclude its investigation.
Zverev, the No. 3-ranked player in the
world, has not faced any criminal charges over the allegations.