Alexander Zverev was yanked from the singles draw of the Mexican Open after lashing out at the umpire following a Tuesday doubles loss.
What are the details?
Viral video showed Zverev becoming increasingly angered after a line call in the third set, and he ultimately lost it on the umpire when the umpire announced that Zverev and his partner lost.
“You f***ing destroyed the whole f***ing match!” Zverev screamed according to reports.
He then walked over to the umpire's chair and began smashing at it with his racquet, barely missing the umpire's feet.
In a later Instagram story, Zverev issued an apology for the behavior, writing, “It is difficult to put into words how much I regret my behavior during and after the doubles match yesterday.”
"I have privately apologized 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,” he added.
Following the shocking outburst, Zverev was disqualified from the singles draw of the tournament for unsportsmanlike conduct.
According to a report from The Guardian, he initially received a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after screaming insults and swearing at the umpire, calling him a "f***ing idiot."
A statement from the tournament read, "Due to unsportsmanlike conduct at the conclusion of his doubles match Alexander Zverev has been withdrawn from the tournament in Acapulco.”
The outlet added that according to the Association of Tennis Professionals' rulebook, Zverev will "lose all of his prize money, hotel accommodation, and points as a consequence of his default," and the organization will "decide whether to impose further penalties" to include fines or suspensions.
“As you know, I leave everything on the court," he said in another apology obtained by The Guardian. "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.”
The ATP has been investigating Zverev after his ex-girlfriend, Olya Sharypova, accused him of continual domestic violence during their relationship.
Zverev has denied all of the accusations.
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