Acapulco tournament director comments on Alexander Zverev incident
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Acapulco tournament director Raul Zurutuza says the ATP has a clear policy which states what should be done after certain incidents. Zverev had an on-court outburst during his and Marcelo Melo's doubles opener in Acapulco and some are calling for the German to receive a long ban and a hefty fine.
Zverev wasn't happy with the chair umpire in the match tie-break of his and Melo's Acapulco doubles opener as he started hurling obscenities and even called the umpire an "idiot." After he and Melo lost the match, Zverev slammed his racket multiple times on the umpire's chair.
Shortly after the match, it was announced that Zverev was disqualified from the rest of the tournament. "The rules are enforced by the ATP, which is responsible for ensuring that the rules are followed. The supervisor is the one who makes the final decision, the one who enforces the rules as they are.
As a tournament we don't have a say, we abide by their decision and support them 100%," Zurutuza said, per We Love Tennis.
Zverev apologized for his actions
Zverev, who was scheduled to meet Peter Gojowczyk in the round-of-16, claimed he was deeply sorry for his actions and vowed to learn from this act.
"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."