World quantity three Alexander Zverev, who was thrown out of the Mexico Open at Acapulco this week after repeatedly smashing his racquet towards the umpire’s chair, was fined $40,000 by the ATP on Thursday. Zverev was fined $20,000 for verbal abuse and $20,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct, the ATP mentioned in an announcement.
“This represents the maximum fine per each violation,” the ATP mentioned, noting that Zverev additionally forfeits prize cash of $31,570 he would have earned in singles and doubles and all ATP rankings factors from the match.
“A further review of the incident will now follow per ATP rules,” the ATP mentioned.
Germany’s Zverev, the world quantity three who received Olympic gold in Tokyo final 12 months, misplaced his mood after he and doubles accomplice Marcelo Melo of Brazil have been crushed 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 by Britain’s Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara of Finland .
Zverev, the defending singles champion in Acapulco, smashed his racquet 3 times just under umpire Alessandro Germani’s ft earlier than taking his seat after which rising once more to verbally abuse the official and smash the chair a closing time.
Zverev’s conduct was condemned by fellow professionals, together with Acapulco rival Rafael Nadal of Spain in addition to Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, who have been competing this week in Dubai.
Zverev himself posted an apology on his Instagram account, saying his actions have been “unacceptable.”
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