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25 Feb, 2022 08:12

Zverev fined after hammering racket inches from umpire (VIDEO)

The German world number three was slapped with a financial penalty after being kicked out of the Mexico Open
Zverev fined after hammering racket inches from umpire (VIDEO)

Alexander Zverev has been hit with a $40,000 fine by the ATP and could face further sanctions after the German attacked the umpire’s chair in a staggering outburst at the Mexico Open.

Zverev was kicked out of the event in Acapulco this week after flying into a rage when he and Brazilian doubles partner Marcelo Melo were beaten by Britain's Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara of Finland.

The world number three smashed his racket repeatedly against umpire Alessandro Germani's chair – just inches from the official’s feet – while verbally abusing the official.

Zverev had also branded Germani a “f**king idiot” over one line call during the match.

In a statement, the ATP said Zverev had been fined $20,000 for verbal abuse and $20,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct.

“This represents the maximum fine per each violation,” said the organization, adding that “a further review of the incident will now follow per ATP rules.”

The 24-year-old had already forfeited prize money of $31,570 at the tournament – where he was defending champion in the singles – and all ATP rankings points from the event.

Zverev apologized for the outburst, writing on social media: “I have privately apologized to the chair umpire because my outburst towards him was wrong and unacceptable, and I am only disappointed in myself.

“It just should not have happened and there is no excuse.

“I would also like to apologize to my fans, the tournament, and the sport that I love.

“As you know, I leave everything on the court. Yesterday, I left too much. I am going to take the coming days to reflect – on my actions and how I can ensure that it will not happen again. I am sorry for letting you down.