Zverev disqualified from Mexican Open after striking umpire’s chair

Sports Desk, Feb 23 (EFE).- Alexander Zverev on Wednesday was disqualified from the Mexican Open after striking the umpire’s chair several times after losing a doubles match.

“Due to unsportsmanlike conduct at the conclusion of his doubles match on Tuesday night, Alexander Zverev has been withdrawn from the tournament in Acapulco,” organizers announced on Wednesday.

The German snapped at the umpire over a call during the tiebreak of what would soon be his defeat, alongside Brazilian Marcelo Melo.

The pair lost to Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 in the round of 16 of the hard-court tournament.

At the end of the match, the two-time ATP Finals winner struck Alessandro Germani’s chair with his racket repeatedly and almost hit the umpire’s leg at one point.

The reigning Olympic champion has been axed from the singles competition opening the door for his countryman Peter Gojowczyk to advance to the quarterfinals. EFE


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