World No 3 Alexander Zverev loses his temper and is THROWN OUT from the Mexican Open

World No 3 Alex Zverev is THROWN OUT of the Mexican Open after smashing his racket repeatedly by the umpire’s feet and shouting: ‘You’re a f***ing idiot, you f***ing destroyed the whole f***ing match’

  • Olympic champion Alexander Zverev has been disqualified at Mexican Open
  • The world No 3 was furious with the umpire after a doubles loss in Acapulco 
  • Zverev hit the umpire’s chair four times with his racquet after losing his temper 

Germany’s Alexander Zverev has been kicked out of the Mexican Open in Acapulco for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ after lashing out at an umpire following defeat in doubles.

Zverev, partnering Brazilian tennis player Marcelo Melo, came dangerously close to hitting the umpire when he repeatedly assaulted the official’s chair with his racquet after a 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 defeat to Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliövaara.

After the four players had shaken hands at the net at the end, Zverev walks back to his chair, only to make three dangerous swipes inches from the legs of the chair umpire.  

Alexander Zverev has been kicked out of the Mexican Open after attacking the umpire’s chair

The German was furious after a doubles loss in which he struck the umpire’s chair four times

Zverev’s irritation came over a line call during in the deciding set tiebreak.

The German was furious, crouching down and saying, ‘look where the ball bounced, 8-6 in the tiebreak, for f**k sake. It’s f***ing your line. 

‘You’re a f***ing idiot.’ 

When the game ends, the Olympic champion hits the chair three times as the crowd gasped in disbelief before going on to shout: ‘you f***ing destroyed the whole f***ing match! The whole f***ing match.’

Zverev became furious with the official during the deciding set tie-break when he was convinced the ball had gone out at 8-6

The German marked the spot where he claimed it had gone out as he called the umpire a 'f***ing idiot'

Zverev was furious at a line call in the deciding set tie-break that wasn’t given, leading to him calling the chair umpire a ‘f***ing idiot’, much to the dismay of the crowd in Acapulco

Zverev, incensed at the officiating at this point, again strikes the side of the umpire’s chair with his racquet, before the official, who appeared deeply uncomfortable by the outburst, hastily leaves the court. 

In a statement following the appalling outburst, the ATP confirmed he had been removed from the tournament and fellow German Peter Gojowczyk, who he was due to face next in singles, has been given a walkover win.

Zverev will no doubt face a serious fine for his conduct and risks a suspension following examination by the ATP. 

The German has been kicked out of the tournament in Acapulco for 'unsportsmanlike conduct'

The German has been kicked out of the tournament in Acapulco for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’

‘Unsportsmanlike conduct’ is defined by the ATP Tour as ‘any misconduct by a player that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the success of a tournament, ATP and/or the sport.’ 

The German player remains under investigation by the ATP following allegations of domestic abuse from his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova, which include allegations of violent physical abuse. Zverev has repeatedly denied all allegations. 

Only a day prior to this unsavoury episode, Zverev had made history in Acapulco by setting a new record for the latest finish to a tennis match..

Beating the previous latest finish of 4:34am, set by Lleyton Hewitt when he beat Marcos Baghdatis at the 2008 Australian Open, Zverev and opponent Jenson Brooksby didn’t wrap up their match until 4.55am.