Alexander Zverev put on a violent display of anger after Tuesday’s match in Mexico, going as far as to smash his racquet against the umpire’s chair.
As the No. 3 top-ranked men’s tennis player, one may expect more composure and sportsmanship from Zverev, which could arguably make his tirade even more disturbing.
“You f***ing destroyed the whole f***ing match!” Zverev screamed at the umpire.
Alexander Zverev has been THROWN OUT of the Mexican Open for attacking the umpire’s chair at the end of his doubles match 😮😮😮 pic.twitter.com/CWhQ1r6kwj
— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) February 23, 2022
The pro was reportedly angered by a line call made on a match-changing serve. He and his partner lost the match as a result, prompting the outburst seen above.
Twitter reacted to the video, some with questions and many with condemnations:
A) he was probably trying to avoid falling down if Sascha rocked the umpires chair (that’s the first thing that would be on my mind).
B) No, there is nothing left for an umpire to discipline once the match is over. That’s for the ATP to do.
— 👓2️⃣1️⃣🎾 (@nowadaysin2022) February 23, 2022
— Alvaration (@alvaration79) February 23, 2022
That is unforgivable & unforgettable behaviour. My jaw dropped. Literally. Oh no, I will stop being a fan now based on my values. I can no longer admire a person who is violent. How disappointing. Why are so many male tennis players agro when they live such privileged lives? 🙁
— Violet (@7Viollets) February 23, 2022
And look – no one came to the umpire’s defense. The other players simply ignored it.
None of this is ok
— @Magnacious (@magnacious) February 23, 2022
I hope you all are the same ones who were also upset at Medvedev for his behavior towards an umpire in Australian Open. It’s getting out of hand. No example.
— Ree Bee (@ReeBee27) February 23, 2022
What a nice guy. pic.twitter.com/fB9cjXmQQG
— Estebantz (@ActingTheGom) February 23, 2022
alexander zverev’s actions are not a one time offense. zverev has shown multiple times his aggressive and concerning behavior. this isn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last. olya deserves to be heard. #istandwitholya #zverev
— m ⁴⁷ 🥔🎾🍉 (@mmarycontraryy) February 23, 2022
Zverev apologized for his behavior, claiming that he “left too much” on the court.
“It is difficult to put into words how much I regret my behaviour during and after the doubles match yesterday,” Zverev wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday. “I have privately apologised to the chair umpire because my outburst towards him was wrong and unacceptable, and I am only disappointed in myself. It just should not have happened and there is no excuse. I would also like to apologise to my fans, the tournament, and the sport that I love. As you know, I leave everything on the court. Yesterday, I left too much. I am going to take the coming days to reflect – on my actions and how I can ensure that it will not happen again. I am sorry for letting you down.”
However, others are wondering if this was a glimpse behind the mask. They claim that this violent outburst appears to bolster allegations of domestic violence by his former girlfriend, Olga Sharypova.
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