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Zverev gets suspended 8-week ban for violent tantrum in Mexico

Germany's Alexander Zverev on Tuesday was handed a suspended eight-week ban by the ATP for a violent tantrum following a doubles defeat in Mexico last month.

Berlin, 8 March 2022 (dpa/MIA) — Germany’s Alexander Zverev on Tuesday was handed a suspended eight-week ban by the ATP for a violent tantrum following a doubles defeat in Mexico last month.

Zverev was issued an additional fine of 25,000 dollars and a ban from any ATP-sanctioned event following a review of his behavior by ATP’s senior vice president of rules & competition, Miro Bratoev, the body said in a Tuesday statement.

The fine and ban “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” resulting in a fine for unsportsmanlike conduct or verbal or physical abuse, the statement said.

The ATP said the penalties would be dismissed were Zverev to meet the conditions during the probation period, while if he failed to meet them the penalties would “be invoked after any appeal process is exhausted.”

The Olympic champion violently smashed his racket several times against the umpire’s chair with the umpire still seated on it following a 2-6, 6-4, 6-10 defeat with doubles partner Marcelo Melo against Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara on February 23.

Zverev, 24, had already been fined 40,000 dollars for verbal abuse and unsportsmanlike conduct, was docked prize money of just over 30,000 dollars and lost the world rankings points from the competition.

The German player has until Friday to appeal against the outcome of the investigation.

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