Andy Murray slams Alexander Zverev for his ‘DANGEROUS’ behaviour after German was thrown out of the Mexican Open for smashing his racket by the umpire’s feet and shouting ‘you’re a f***ing idiot’ in meltdown
- World No 3 Alexander Zverev has been thrown out of the Mexican Open
- The German smashed his racket repeatedly by the umpire’s feet after a loss
- The 24-year-old was furious with the umpire after a doubles loss in Acapulco
- And Andy Murray has blasted Zverev’s actions as ‘dangerous’ and ‘reckless’
Andy Murray has slammed Alexander Zverev’s behaviour which saw the German thrown out of the Mexican Open, labelling it ‘dangerous’ and ‘reckless.’
The world No 3 was withdrawn from the singles tournament after a furious meltdown at the chair umpire following a doubles defeat.
The 24-year-old German smashed his racket repeatedly by the umpire’s feet and shouted ‘you’re a f***ing idiot, you f***ing destroyed the whole f***ing match’ – he has since apologised.
Andy Murray (left) slammed Alex Zverev’s (right) actions which saw him thrown out of the Mexican Open
The world No 3 has been kicked out of the Mexican Open after attacking the umpire’s chair
Yet three-time major winner Murray, after being knocked out in the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Championships against Jannik Sinner, criticised the German’s actions.
‘It was not good. It was dangerous, reckless,’ the Brit said.
‘I understand athletes across lots of sports, can get very frustrated. Certainly me, I’ve not always acted in the way I’d want on the court. I’m certainly not claiming to be an angel. I’m not perfect myself.
‘However, when you’re ripping your tennis racquet right next to the umpire multiple times, you can’t be doing that. I know obviously one of the British guys who was playing, as well, a bit dangerous. It’s graphite flying off the racquet, as well. Yeah, was not good.’
The German was furious after a doubles loss in which he struck the umpire’s chair four times
Zverev, who was partnering Brazilian tennis player Marcelo Melo, came dangerously close to hitting the umpire when he repeatedly assaulted the official’s chair with his racquet after a 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 defeat by Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara.
It is just the latest controversy to engulf Zverev – he remains under investigation by the ATP following allegations of domestic abuse from his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova. Zverev denied the allegations against him.
In a statement following the outburst in Acapulco, the ATP confirmed Zverev had been removed from the tournament and fellow German Peter Gojowczyk, who he was due to face next in singles, had been given a walkover win.
Zverev was furious at a line call in the deciding set tie-break that wasn’t given, leading to him calling the chair umpire a ‘f***ing idiot’, much to the dismay of the crowd in Acapulco
In a statement posted later on his Instagram page, Zverev revealed he has privately apologised to the umpire for his outburst.
He wrote: ‘It is difficult to put into words how much I regret my behaviour during and after the doubles match yesterday.
‘I have privately apologised to the chair umpire because my outburst towards him was wrong and unacceptable, and I am only disappointed in myself.
In a statement put on his Instagram story, Zverev apologised for his ‘unacceptable’ outburst
‘It just should not have happened and there is no excuse. I would also like to apologise to my fans, the tournament, and the sport that I love.
‘As you know, I leave everything on the court. 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.’
Zverev could face a serious fine for his conduct and risks a suspension following examination by the ATP.
‘Unsportsmanlike conduct’ is defined by the ATP Tour as ‘any misconduct by a player that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the success of a tournament, ATP and/or the sport.’