Tennis: World No. 3 Zverev gets probation over Mexico meltdown

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LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Alexander Zverev was handed a suspended sentence on Monday (March 7) following his violent outburst and disqualification in Acapulco final month, the ATP Tour stated.

The 24-year-old Olympic champion was banned for eight weeks and fined a further US$25,000 (S$34,100) following his Mexico meltdown.

The world No. 3 had already been fined US$40,000 for verbal abuse and unsportsmanlike conduct.

However, each the ban and extra US$25,000 effective shall be suspended offered Zverev doesn’t incur an additional code violation within the 12-month interval ending Feb 22, 2023.

“If the conditions are met, the penalties will be formally dismissed following the completion of the probation period,” the ATP stated in an announcement.

“If the conditions are not met, the penalties will be invoked after any appeal process is exhausted.”

Zverev shocked the tennis world in the course of the Mexico Open final month after smashing his racket a number of instances towards umpire Alessandro Germani’s chair after a doubles match.

He additionally delivered a volley of verbal abuse on the official after Zverev and associate Marcelo Melo had been eradicated, incomes him disqualification from the event.

The ATP stated a evaluate of Zverev’s conduct discovered he had dedicated “aggravated behaviour” underneath the ATP’s conduct guidelines.

The German issued a public apology following his Acapulco disqualification, saying his behaviour had been “unacceptable.”

“It is difficult to put into words how much I regret my behaviour during and after the doubles match yesterday,” Zverev wrote.

“I have privately apologised to the chair umpire because my outburst towards him was wrong and unacceptable.”

Zverev is because of play on the Indian Wells Masters, which gets underneath approach in California later this week.

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