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Watch: World No. 3 Zverev attacks chair umpire; expelled from Mexican Open 2022

The World number three Alexander Zverev has been expelled from the Mexican Open after the German's "unsportsmanlike conduct" at the conclusion of his doubles match on Tuesday night in Acapulco.

India TV Sports Desk Edited by: India TV Sports Desk Acapulco Updated on: February 24, 2022 9:51 IST
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Alexander Zvererv was caught on camera attacking chair umpire with his racquet during Mexican Open 2022.

Highlights

  • Zverev argued with the umpire after the decisive tie-break in the doubles match
  • he and Marcelo Melo lost 6-2 4-6 10-6 to Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara
  • Zverev struck the umpire's chair several times with his racquet and came close to hitting umpire

2020 Tokyo Olympic champion Alexander Zverev has been expelled from the Mexican Open after the German's "unsportsmanlike conduct" at the conclusion of his doubles match on Tuesday night in Acapulco.

Zverev argued with the umpire after the decisive tie-break in the doubles match as he and Marcelo Melo lost 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 to Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara. The 24-year-old struck the umpire's chair several times with his racquet and came dangerously close to hitting umpire Alessandro Germani.

The former US Open finalist was upset over a line call during the match earlier.

"Due to unsportsmanlike conduct at the conclusion of his doubles match on Tuesday night, Alexander Zverev has been withdrawn from the tournament in Acapulco," said organisers of the ATP tournament in a statement.

In the first round of the singles, defending champion Zverev was made to dig deep to save two match points in the second-set tie-break before clinching a 3-6, 7-6(10), 6-2 victory in one of the most exciting matches of 2022 so far.

Zverev was scheduled to meet compatriot Peter Gojowczyk, who will now get a walkover to advance to the quarter-finals.

(With inputs from ANI)

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