Alexander Zverev news: German has made a u-turn on Davis Cup
Alexander Zverev has changed his mind and will now compete for his country of Germany in the Davis Cup after his disqualification in Acapulco at the Mexican Open.
The German was kicked out of the Mexican-based ATP event after he smashed his racquet against the umpire’s chair in his doubles match alongside Marcelo Melo when they were defeated by Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara.
He was the reigning singles champion at the event and was hoping to defend his title but that was no longer doable once he was thrown out and subsequently fined $40,000 (£30,000.)
But he could still face more punishment as the ATP are going to look further into the incident.
Alexander Zverev has been THROWN OUT of the Mexican Open for attacking the umpire’s chair at the end of his doubles match 😮😮😮 pic.twitter.com/CWhQ1r6kwj
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The last time the world No 3 played for Germany in the Davis Cup was back in 2019 and he has previously expressed his wish not to play in the cup until the format was changed.
“The format has to be changed and I’m sticking to that,” he explained.
“I am someone who keeps his word.
“I want to win the Davis Cup, but I want to win the real Davis Cup.”
However, he has since changed his attitude on this and will play for Germany against Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on March 4 and 5.
“We are happy that Alexander will be involved,” Germany’s Davis Cup captain Michael Kohlmann revealed.
“His behaviour in Acapulco was without question unacceptable and wrong, Alexander himself recognised that and apologised for it.
“We now want to help him as a team to get through this difficult phase.”
Because of Zverev’s return to the squad, this means that Daniel Altmaier loses his place in the recently revamped competition where the winners are decided at the end of the season finals at a neutral venue.
After the matches with Brazil, Zverev will then be turning his attention to Indian Wells which gets underway from March 10.
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