Alexander Zverev has been put on probation but won’t incur any more immediate penalties for his outburst against the chair umpire at the Mexico Open.
After losing the first round of doubles in Acapulco, Zverev had struck repeatedly at the umpire’s chair with his racquet and nearly hit umpire Alessandro Germani’s foot.
The World No 3 was kicked out of the tournament and slapped with a fine $40,000 for verbal abuse and unsportsmanlike conduct.
The ATP reviewed the case and handed Zverev a suspended sentence and put him on probation until 22 February 2023 (one year from the incident).
Here’s what the ATP statement said:
Zverev has been issued an additional fine of US$25,000 and a suspension for a period of eight weeks from any ATP-sanctioned event.
However, the fine and suspension are withheld on the condition that, over a probation period ending 22 February 2023 (one year from the incident), the player does not incur a further Code Violation that results in a fine for:
- Unsportsmanlike Conduct based upon an act, such as disrespectful or aggressive behaviour directed towards an official, opponent, spectator, or other person during or upon conclusion of a match
- Verbal or Physical Abuse of an official, opponent, spectator, or any other person while on-court or on-site
If the conditions are met, the penalties will be formally dismissed following the completion of the probation period.
If the conditions are not met, the penalties will be invoked after any appeal process is exhausted.