Alexander Zverev news: ‘If that happens again, you should ban me,’ says German about Mexico outburst
He has described his Mexico Open expulsion as the “the worst moment” of his life, but Alexander Zverev hopes that he learned from his mistake.
The world No 3 was withdrawn from the Acapulco tournament a fortnight ago after he verbally abused the chair umpire and also struck the official’s chair several times with his racket.
He was fined $40,000 (about £30,500) and also lost his rankings points while the ATP conducted a review into the incident.
Former world No 1 Mats Wilander called for Zverev to be suspended and sent for rehabilitation, but the ATP opted to only hand him a suspended eight-week ban while he was also hit with an additional fine of $25,000 (roughly £19,000), which was also suspended.
The German will return to ATP Tour action this week as he will compete at the Indian Wells Open, but was asked about being under probation for the next year.
“If I do that again, they have every right to ban me. It’s as simple as that,” he said.
“If I do that again it means I haven’t learned, right? I think everyone in life deserves a second chance, everybody makes mistakes. But if you repeatedly make mistakes, it means you haven’t learned.
“So if that happens again, you should ban me. But I’ll do everything I can to make sure it doesn’t happen, not only in the next year but my whole career.”
He added: “It still is embarrassing for me now.
“Walking around the locker room, it’s not a nice feeling.
“But we all do mistakes. I’m also a human being, and I can guarantee you I will never act this way again in my life. It was definitely the worst moment of my life, of my career, in general.”
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