Alexander Zverev issues public apology over foul-mouthed outburst

German tennis star Alexander Zverev has apologised for the outburst that saw him expelled from the Mexican Open.

Zverev admitted his behaviour was unacceptable after he struck the umpire’s chair following a doubles loss to Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara.

Alexander Zverev issues public apology

The 2021 Olympic Gold medallist followed that up with a foul-mouthed tirade against the umpire.

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Zverev’s explicit rant went out live on the ATP Tour feed.

“You f***ing destroyed the whole f***ing match. The whole f***ing match, you destroyed,” Zverev yelled.

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He had been set to continue his bid to defend his singles title with a second round match against compatriot Peter Gojowczyk, but was expelled by tournament organisers.

“It is difficult to put into words how much I regret my behavior during and after the doubles match yesterday,” he wrote.

“I have privately apologised to the chair umpire because my outburst towards him was wrong and unacceptable.”

Zverev wouldn’t blame his marathon first round match against Jordan Brooksby for his short temper on court in Acapulco. He did say that it had taken too much out if him.

“As you know I leave everything out on the court,” he wrote.

“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.”

Zverev repeated the message in German across social media.

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Great Britains’s Andy Murray characterised the incident as unacceptable.

“It was not good. It was dangerous, reckless,” Murray said when asked about the incident after his exit from the Dubai Tennis Championships.

“I obviously understand lots of players, athletes across lots of sports, can get very frustrated. Certainly me, myself, I’ve not always acted in the way I would want on the tennis court. I’m certainly not claiming to be an angel.”

“However, when you’re ripping your tennis racquet right next to the umpire multiple times, yeah, you can’t be doing that.”

Zverev has entered the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, which starts on 10 March 2022.

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