It was the best of times …. and then the worst of times for German tennis star Alexander Zverev.
After Tuesday’s historic, one-hour 50 minute classic against Jenson Brooksby, the world #3 was kicked out of the Mexican Open for “unsportsmanlike conduct” following yesterday’s loss.
The 24-year-old was said to rush the umpire, attacking his chair with his racquet in an argument caused by the decisive tie-break which he and Marcelo Melo lost to Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara, respectively.
Following the event, Zverev apologized for his actions, calling his own behavior “unacceptable”.
Speaking on the manner was Rafael Nadal, a notable favorite in this tournament and the record-holding 21 Grand Slam crown, criticized the young star for his conduct.
The German star will ultimately not repeat in the tournament, leaving Nadal and #1 world-ranked Daniil Medvedev as favorites to take the crown.