Alexander Zverev has withdrawn from the Mexican Open following a violent outburst in which he repeatedly hit an umpire’s chair with his racquet and yelled expletives at him.
The surprising accident happened after Zverev and doubles partner Marcelo Melo lost 2-6, 6-4, 10-6 in the round of 16 on Wednesday to Harri Heliovaara and Lloyd Glasspool.
Zverev shook hands with his opponents before approaching the umpire’s chair and repeatedly hitting it with his racquet, clearly disappointed with the outcome of the match.
The Olympic champion then sat down briefly before getting back up and slamming his fist into the umpire’s chair, yelling expletives at him.
During the crucial tie-break, world No.3 Zverev believed a ball had been called incorrectly and began yelling at the umpire, with the crowd siding with the official.
The match was then won with an ace by Britain’s Glasspool and Finland’s Heliovaara, prompting Zverev’s rage.
As a result of his actions, the ATP issued a brief statement confirming his withdrawal from the tournament.
Alexander Zverev has been kicked out of the Mexican Open after smashing an umpire's chair with his racket 😲🎾 pic.twitter.com/ZlOt2cWNsc
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) February 23, 2022