The German was sent off from the tournament in Acapulco after a rampage in which he smashed his racket against the referee’s chair
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Alexander Zverev has admitted that the tantrum that got him kicked out of a tournament in Mexico was “embarrassing” and the “biggest mistake” of his career.
First, there’s an x-rated tribute to the umpire Alessandro Germani after tennis the star disagreed with a decision, going against him and his partner Marcelo Melo.
Then, when the match was over and their defeat confirmed, Zverev lost his temper and banged his racquet repeatedly against the chair – leaving the competitor looking very annoyed.
Hours later, tournament organizers announced that he would be kicked out of the singles draw, while the ATP began investigating the incident.
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World number three this week knew he would pay the price a fine of £31,000, while he was also slapped with an eight-week bansuspended for one year.
Zverev will have to keep his nose clean for the next 12 months to avoid a lengthy ban, vowing never to lose control like that night in Acapulco.
“It’s still embarrassing for me now,” he said. “Walking around the dressing room, it’s not a pleasant feeling.
“But we all make mistakes. I’m human too, and I can assure you I’ll never act like that again in my life. It was definitely the worst moment of my life. my life.”
In order to better control his emotions, Zverev revealed that he attended stress-relieving sessions.
“I’m working, wisely, on meditation,” he added. “I think there are stressful situations in everyone’s life when things like this happen. I’m not the first, I won’t be the last to let something bad happen on the pitch.
“I know what kind of person I am and this doesn’t reflect on me. I played until 5am the day before – the same day I went back to doubles.
“I’m someone who gives my all on the court. I think a lot of the top singles players will probably come out on the doubles court and if they lose, they’ll be fine.
“I would never harm anyone physically.”
And the German admits that an extended ban would be a fair punishment should he repeat the same offense in the future.
“If I do it again, they have every right to ban me – as simple as that,” he said.
“If I do it again, it means I haven’t learned. I think everyone in life deserves a second chance but if you keep making mistakes it means you haven’t learned. “
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