World no. 3 Alexander Zverev left Acapulco with no ATP points or prize money, as he got defaulted from the ATP 500 event. In addition, Zverev was fined $40,000 after losing his temper in the doubles match on Tuesday night. It was a long day for the German, as he stepped on the court on Tuesday after midnight for the first-round singles encounter against Jenson Brooksby.
Alexander and Zverev had to wait for two marathon matches to finish before them, and they delivered another extended clash to remain on the court until 4:55 am and set the new world record! Zverev defeated Brooksby 3-6, 7-6, 6-2 in three hours and 20 minutes.
Zverev returned to the court on Tuesday night, playing alongside his good friend Marcelo Melo versus Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara. The German lost his temper in the match tie break to earn a default and withdrew ahead of the singles second round.
Zverev swore at the umpire and hit his chair with the racquet in anger, barely missing the umpire's foot and avoiding more serious problems. Zverev and Melo claimed the opening set against before the encounter headed into a deciding match tie break.
Zverev got furious after the umpire's call in the 15th point, saying all kinds of words to him and earning a code violation for an audible obscenity.
Alexander Zverev lost his temper after the doubles match in Acapulco.
Glasspool and Heliovaara sealed the deal soon after that, and Alexander could not accept the defeat easily.
He smashed the umpire's chair with his racquet in rage and nearly hit his foot. The German swore the referee, hit his chair again and left the court in a fury. As was expected, Alexander got defaulted and lost a chance to fight for the title defense against the rivals like Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Realizing what he could have done and what message he sent, Alexander stated he is sorry about everything, regretting his behavior and apologizing to the umpire personally. Zverev ensured this would not happen again in the future, ready to do everything to control his emotions and temper. The German should play in Indian Wells next, eager to bounce back after a slow start of the season.