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World No. 3 Alexander Zverev was banned for 8 weeks for hitting the referee’s chair with his racquet

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Men’s tennis governing body has handed world number three Alexander Zverev an eight-week ban for smashing his racquet into the referee’s chair at last month’s ATP 500 event in Acapulco, prompting his expulsion. out of the tournament.

verev was fined $20,000 for verbal abuse, $20,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct, and forfeited over $31,000 in prize money and all ranking points earned from singles and doubles action at the tournament. fight Abierto Mexicano.

After a review, the ATP found the 24-year-old German had engaged in “aggravating behavior” and issued an additional fine of $25,000 and an eight-week ban from any event. ATP punishment.

The ATP said, however, that the ban and additional fines had been suspended, provided that during the probationary period ending one year after the incident, Zverev was not subject to any additional fines for misconduct. sport.

After losing to Acapulco on both sides and upset by a phone call during the game, Zverev walked over to head referee Alessandro Germani’s chair and nearly hit him as he spun into the referee’s stands before walking home. side of his seat.

The US Open 2020 runner-up then proceeded to the chair for a second time and once again hit it while shouting obscenities.

Just before the end of the match, Germani awarded Zverev a code violation for shouting and swearing in protest of the shot that had been made and the match point set.

Zverev, the defending singles champion, apologized for his behavior.

The biggest penalty in men’s tennis to date was awarded to Australian Nick Kyrgios in 2019 for swearing at the umpire and smashing two rackets. After an initial fine of $113,000, he was given a 16-week suspension and an additional $25,000 fine following an ATP investigation.

Italy’s Fabio Fognini was also temporarily suspended from two Grand Slams and fined $96,000 after the 2017 US Open, where he used vulgar language towards Swedish umpire Louise Engzell during a first-round loss. first.

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