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German Tennis Player Alexander Zverev issued an apology on social media, Wednesday, after he was expelled from the Mexican Open for smashing his racket into a referee’s chair after losing the doubles match.
Zverev, 24, criticized the referee moments after shaking hands with Lloyd Glasspool and Harry Heliovara after their 6-2 4-6 10-6 victory over Zverev and partner Marcelo Melo on Tuesday night.
The world No. 3 smash hit his racket on the referee’s chair multiple times, causing the official to raise his feet to avoid getting hit before finally leaving the chair.
Zverev cried out in his rageAnd the “It ruined the whole match.”
The ATP announced Wednesday that Zverev had been fired from the tournament for “unsportsmanlike behaviour”.
He issued an apology shortly after saying he had apologized to the referee and was “disappointed” with himself.
“It is hard to put into words how sorry I am for my behavior during and after yesterday’s doubles match,” he said in a post on Instagram Stories. “I have privately apologized to the chair umpire because my anger towards him was wrong and unacceptable, and I am only disappointed in myself. What should have happened and there is no excuse. I would also like to apologize to my fans, the tournament and the sport I love.”
He continued: “You know, I leave everything on the field. Yesterday, I left a lot. I will take the next days to reflect – on my actions and how I can ensure that it does not happen again. Sorry to disappoint you.”
Zverev received a law violation after yelling on the field late in the game over a shot that was judged. He shouted at the referee: “Look where the ball bounced, 8-6 in the tiebreak, for f—saki. It’s your f—your streak. You idiot,” according to Yahoo Sports.
It is said that the star tennis player could face a fine or even a suspension.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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