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World No. 3 Alexander Zverev repeatedly smashed the referee’s chair with his racquet after he and Marcelo Melo were beaten in their doubles match; the German was expected to face Peter Gojowczyk in the second round of the singles tournament

Last update: 02/23/22 09:26

Alexander Zverev was pulled from the Mexican Open following his outburst at the end of a doubles loss

Alexander Zverev has been ejected from a tournament in Acapulco and faces heavy punishment after repeatedly smashing a referee’s chair with his racquet after a doubles match.

The incident happened moments after German and Brazilian partner Marcelo Melo was beaten 6-2 4-6 10-6 by Britain’s Lloyd Glasspool and Finland’s Harri Heliovaara,

All four players shook hands at the net before Zverev turned to the referee and aggressively hit the chair with his racquet three times, almost catching the official’s leg in one blow.

As the referee rose to get off his chair, 24-year-old Zverev came back and took another hit. He was also heard yelling profanities at the official, having been upset by a line call earlier in the game.

Tournament organizers quickly confirmed that the world No. 3 would no longer be competing at the Mexico Open, posting on Twitter: “Due to unsportsmanlike conduct at the end of his doubles match on Tuesday night, Alexander Zverev was retired from the tournament in Acapulco.”

The ATP has yet to announce any penalties, but its website shows defending Mexican Open singles champion Peter Gojowczyk’s second-round opponent has been dropped from the quarter-finals.

Alexander Zverev expelled from the Mexican Open after smashing the referee’s chair with a racket after a doubles loss |  Tennis News

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Alexander Zverev says he was happy to have made history after beating Jenson Brooksby in Acapulco as their night fight at the Mexican Open became the last end of a professional match, ending shortly before 5 a.m. local time.

Alexander Zverev says he was happy to have made history after beating Jenson Brooksby in Acapulco as their night fight at the Mexican Open became the last end of a professional match, ending shortly before 5 a.m. local time.

It comes after Zverev and Jenson Brooksby made history the day before as their nighttime fight at the Mexican Open became the last end of a professional match, ending shortly before 5 a.m. local time.

The German second seed earned a 3-6 7-6 (10-8) 6-2 victory in the best part of three and a half hours, eclipsing the 2008 Australian Open match between Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis, which ended at 4:34. .




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