Chris Evert gives thoughts on Serena Williams' comments about Alexander Zverev

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Chris Evert gives thoughts on Serena Williams' comments about Alexander Zverev

Former 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert thinks Alexander Zverev deserved a sronger punishment for his Acapulco outburst. During an Acapulco doubles match, Zverev started hurling obscenities and called the chair umpire an "idiot." After he and Marcelo Melo lost their doubles match, Zverev slammed his racket multiple times on the umpire's chair.

Zverev was disqualified from the Acapulco singles event, fined $40,000 and stripped of the prize money and ranking points earned at the tournament. The ATP handed Zverev an eight-week ban - that will be invoked only if the German commits the similar incident within the next year.

“I will tell you exactly how I feel- I think it was too lenient. I think it was too lenient. I am not here to sit back and make any judgments on Zverev as far as his behaviour or him as a person. From what I know and my contact with him, he's always been very nice and very gracious.

That punishment or that consequence to me is too lenient. He should have been out for months. And that's all I'm going to say about it," Evert told Eurosport.

Evert on Serena Williams' comments about Zverev

Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, said she would be in jail if she did what Zverev did in Acapulco.

Evert, a former world No. 1, was asked to give her thoughts on Williams' comments. “I wouldn't go as far as saying she would go to jail, but I think she has a point and I think that definitely her consequences would have been far stricter than Zverev’s.

Welcome to the world of men and women. I think it is a female and male issue. I agree with Serena. There would have been stricter consequences if she would have done it. I think the WTA would have put stricter consequences on any woman who would have done this," Evert added.