Former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski thinks Alexander Zverev has deserved to be suspended and fined for his behavior during a doubles match in Acapulco. On Tuesday, Zverev and Marcelo Melo took on Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara in their Acapulco doubles opener.
Zverev wasn't happy with some of the calls in the match tie-break and he absolutely unloaded on the chair umpire. "Look where the ball bounced! It's 8-6 in a tie-breaker! Look where the ball bounced, for God's sake!
It's your line! It's f------ your line! You f------ idiot! F--- off!" Zverev yelled at the chair umpire. After Glasspool and Heliovaara claimed a 6-2 4-6 10-6 win, Zverev smashed his rackets multiple times on the umpire's chair.
Rusedski: Zverev deserves a fine
Shortly after the match, the Acapulco organizers disqualified Zverev from the singles event. "With regards to Zverev breaking his racquet on the chair umpire's chair and behaviour, the only response has to be a suspension and fine," Rusedski wrote on Twitter.
Zverev, who was scheduled to meet Peter Gojowczyk in the Acapulco round-of-16, released a statement, in which he apologized for his actions. "It is difficult to put into words how much I regret my behavior during and after the doubles match yesterday," Zverev wrote.
"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'm going to take the coming days to reflect - on my actions and how I can ensure that it will not happen again. I'm sorry for letting you down."