Zverev, who was partnering Brazilian tennis player Marcelo Melo, came dangerously close to hitting the umpire when he repeatedly assaulted the official’s chair with his racquet after a 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 defeat by Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara.
It is just the latest controversy to engulf Zverev – he remains under investigation by the ATP following allegations of domestic abuse from his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova.
After the four players had shaken hands at the net at the end of their match in Acapulco, Zverev walked back to his chair, only to make three dangerous swipes inches from the legs and feet of the chair umpire.
Zverev, who has now been thrown out of the singles tournament in Mexico, had his anger sparked over a line call in the deciding set tiebreak in the doubles match.
The German was furious, crouched down and said, ‘look where the ball bounced, 8-6 in the tiebreak, for f***’s sake. It’s f***ing your line.
‘You’re a f***ing idiot.’
When the game ended, the Olympic champion hit the chair three times as the crowd gasped in disbelief, before going on to shout, ‘you f***ing destroyed the whole f***ing match! The whole f***ing match’.
Alexander Zverev has been kicked out of the Mexican Open after attacking the umpire’s chair
The German was furious after a doubles loss in which he struck the umpire’s chair four times
Zverev, incensed by the officiating at this point, again struck the side of the umpire’s chair with his racquet before the official, who appeared deeply uncomfortable due to the outburst, hastily left the court.
In a statement following the appalling outburst, the ATP confirmed Zverev had been removed from the tournament and fellow German Peter Gojowczyk, who he was due to face next in singles, had been given a walkover win.
Zverev will no doubt face a serious fine for his conduct and risks a suspension following examination by the ATP.
‘Unsportsmanlike conduct’ is defined by the ATP Tour as ‘any misconduct by a player that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the success of a tournament, ATP and/or the sport.’
Zverev remains under investigation by the ATP following allegations of domestic abuse from Miss Sharypova, which include allegations of violent physical abuse. Zverev has repeatedly denied all allegations.
Zverev was furious at a line call in the deciding set tie-break that wasn’t given, leading to him calling the chair umpire a ‘f***ing idiot’, much to the dismay of the crowd in Acapulco
The German has been kicked out of the tournament in Acapulco for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’
The ATP announced last year that it is investigating high-profile allegations of domestic abuse made against Olympic champion Zverev.
Last October, former junior player Sharypova publicly accused the world No 3 of a series of serious assaults, to which he issued a blanket denial.
An interview with Sharypova published in the American online magazine Slate in August contained new allegations, including that Zverev punched Sharypova in their hotel room during the Shanghai Masters in October 2019 and that, in desperation and for a second time, she injected herself with insulin.
Sharypova had spoken out in an interview with America’s Racquet magazine the previous November.
‘We had another fight, and in that fight he punched me in the face for the first time,’ Sharypova said of their trip to Switzerland. ‘In other fights he was pushing me, shoving me, twisting my arms, choking me. But this was the first time he punched me, really punched me.’
In a statement, Zverev denied the allegations against him.
‘We have known each other since we were children and shared many experiences together,’ he said. ‘I very much regret that she makes such statements because the accusations are simply not true.’
It is just the latest controversy to engulf Zverev – he remains under investigation by the ATP following allegations of domestic abuse from his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova. They are pictured together here in 2019
Back in 2019, tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios was handed a suspended 16-week ban from the tour and a record fine of approximately £90,000 after committing eight offences during a match with Karen Khachanov at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, including verbally abusing umpire Fergus Murphy and spitting towards the official.
He was placed on a six-month probation as a result.
Only a day prior to this unsavoury episode, Zverev had made history in Acapulco by setting a new record for the latest finish to a tennis match.
Beating the previous latest finish of 4:34am, set by Lleyton Hewitt when he beat Marcos Baghdatis at the 2008 Australian Open, Zverev and opponent Jenson Brooksby didn’t wrap up their match until 4.55am.