Alexander Zverev learns his fate after smashing umpire's chair with his racquet

Alexander Zverev has been handed a suspended eight-week ban for smashing his racquet against the umpire’s chair at last month’s ATP 500 event in Acapulco, for which he was expelled from the tournament.

Zverev was fined $20,000 (£15,250) for verbal abuse, $20,000 (£15,250) for unsportsmanlike conduct and forfeited more than $31,000 (£23,640) in prize money and all rankings points earned from singles and doubles action at the Abierto Mexicano tournament.

Following a review, the ATP found the 24-year-old German had committed ‘aggravated behaviour’ and issued an additional fine of $25,000 (£19,060) and an eight-week ban from any ATP-sanctioned event.

The 2020 U.S. Open runner-up then approached the chair a second time and again hit it while shouting expletives.

Shortly before the match ended, Germani handed Zverev a code violation for yelling and swearing in protest of the shot that was ruled in and set up match point.

The German was furious, crouched down and said, ‘look where the ball bounced, 8-6 in the tiebreak, for f’s sake. It’s fing your line.

‘You’re a f***ing idiot.’

When the game ended, the Olympic champion hit the chair three times as the crowd gasped in disbelief, before going on to shout, ‘you fing destroyed the whole fing match! The whole f***ing match’.

Zverev, who was the singles defending champion, apologised for his behaviour.

The biggest penalty in men’s tennis to date was handed down to Australian Nick Kyrgios in 2019 for verbally abusing a chair umpire and smashing two racquets. After an initial fine of $113,000 (£86,170), he was given a suspended ban of 16 weeks and an additional fine of $25,000 (£19,060) following an ATP investigation.

Italy’s Fabio Fognini was also provisionally suspended for two Grand Slam tournaments and fined $96,000 (£73,200) following the 2017 U.S. Open where he had directed vulgar language toward Swedish chair umpire Louise Engzell during his first-round loss.

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