Former world No. 1 Justine Henin thinks Alexander Zverev deserved to be suspended for his Acapulco meltdown. During a doubles match in Acapulco, Zverev called the chair umpire a "f------ idiot." After Zverev and Marcelo Melo lost the match, Zverev slammed his racket multiple times on the umpire's chair.
Zverev received a total of $65,000 in fines and he was put on a year probation by the ATP. If Zverev commits a similar incident over the next 12 months, he will be suspended for eight weeks. “We have to take action,” Henin said on Eurosport Tennis Club.
“We hope concrete action will be taken so that these extremes stop. You can't yell at an umpire. Even if there is no intention, it is a problem to break a racquet that flies as far as a ball boy. “You can be tired...
but we can’t see the images of Alexander Zverev again. These are behaviours of intimidation, of rage, which we cannot see and which we must punish much more severely. “He should not be on the court today, Alexander Zverev”.
Henin: Unacceptable behavior needs to be stopped
Daniil Medvedev had an on-court meltdown at the Australian Open, while Kyrgios lost his cool in Indian Wells and Miami. In Miami, Jenson Brooksby threw a racket which slightly hit a ball boy.
“The misbehaviour is becoming unacceptable,” Henin added. “I think we can rejoice in Kyrgios' tennis, in the moments when he plays wonderfully well – I admire that too – but there are extremes that we cannot accept.
“Zverev... even Medvedev at the Australian Open. Because where are we going to set the limit? “Brooksby didn't even go to apologise to the ball boy. Kyrgios smashed his racquet and almost hit a ball boy – under the excuse that it did not hit the ball boy, they did not sanction him!
“I think it's time to stop racquet smashes because these are images that we don't want to see on television. “Top athletes must remain as role models, even if they are human”.