German tennis player Alexander Zverev, third in the world hierarchy, was sentenced on Tuesday to a two-month suspension for his behavior during the tournament in Acapulco (Mexico), which will only be applied if he violates the unsportsmanlike code of conduct In the coming years. years 12 months.
According to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), if Zverev is fined for “verbal or physical abuse of an opponent, spectator or referee on the court by February 22, 2023, he will be suspended for eight weeks and required to pay a fine”. of 23,000 euro”.
Zverev, the Olympic champion, now has until Friday to appeal the sentence handed down by the ATP Rules and Competitions Commission.
On February 23, Alexander Zverev was disqualified from the Acapulco tournament after violently hitting referee Alessandro Germani’s chair with his racket at the end of a doubles match.
After losing in the first round alongside Brazilian Marcelo Melo to Briton Lloyd Glasspool and Finland’s Harri Heliovaara, Zverev crashed into the referee’s chair three times in a row.
On the same day, he publicly apologized for the “unacceptable” outburst of anger that led to his disqualification from the tournament.
“It shouldn’t have happened, I can’t justify myself. I apologize to my fans, to the tournament and to this sport that I love. As you know, I give everything inside the ‘tribunal’”, he said, at the time, by way of… justification.