Alexander Zverev got scared at the Acapulco tennis tournament, hit the referee’s chair and was consequently excluded. Now the German Olympic champion spoke in detail about his misstep.
By Joern Reher
Alexander Zverev (24), Germany’s No. 1 (third in the world), recently drew attention not only for his good sports performance.
At the Acapulco tournament, he caused outrage with his racket attacks on the referee’s chair. The trigger for the anger was what he felt was a wrong decision by the referee in Marcelo Melo’s doubles loss to Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliövaara.
At the press conference prior to the ATP tournament in Indian Wells, Zverev talks about his serious foul.
Zverev gives an insight into his emotional world: “It was definitely the worst moment of my life and career.”
And further: “Sorry is probably not enough, the way I acted. It was embarrassing for me, it’s still embarrassing when I’m walking or in the locker room. It’s not a nice feeling.”
Zverev competes in doubles at the Indian Wells Masters on Friday. His behavior will certainly receive special attention there.
The Hamburger draws a conclusion about his mega freakout: “That was probably the biggest mistake of my tennis career,” Zverev said. “At the end of the day I hope that people forgive me and understand that there is a lot of mental pressure and things happen that people don’t see and that we are all human. It’s not easy for me. But I deserve that it’s not easy for me right now.”
Whether it will be easier for Zverev in the future is entirely up to him. It is clear that he is under special surveillance. If he affords to freak out again, he faces a two-month suspension, which is currently suspended for a year of probation.