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Alexander Zverev says he would deserve to be suspended if he violates the probation handed down to him for his outburst in Acapulco where he smashed his racket against the umpire’s chair and verbally abused him; Daniil Medvedev calls for peace while the Brits prepare for Indian Wells

Last Updated: 10/03/22 11:59pm


Alexander Zverev says his expulsion from the Mexican Open for verbally abusing the umpire and smashing his racquet into his chair was 'the biggest mistake' of his career

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Alexander Zverev says his expulsion from the Mexican Open for verbally abusing the umpire and smashing his racquet into his chair was ‘the biggest mistake’ of his career

Alexander Zverev says his expulsion from the Mexican Open for verbally abusing the umpire and smashing his racquet into his chair was ‘the biggest mistake’ of his career

Alexander Zverev has described his Mexican Open meltdown as “the worst moment of my life”.

The Olympic gold medallist was thrown out of the tournament last month and fined 40,000 US dollars (approximately ¬£30,000) after aggressively and repeatedly striking the umpire’s chair just below the official’s feet having lost his cool over a line call during a doubles match.

An ATP review found Zverev guilty of a major offence and he will serve an eight-week ban if he behaves in a similar way at any tournament over the next year.

“It still is embarrassing for me now,” said the world No 3. “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.”

Zverev was speaking ahead of his opening match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, which got under way on Wednesday.

Both main draws are headed by players in this position, with Russian Daniil Medvedev competing as world No 1 for the first time while Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus is the highest seed in the women’s event following the withdrawals of Ashleigh Barty and Barbora Krejcikova.

Medvedev calls for ‘peace’

Daniil Medvedev says he wants peace across the world after being questioned about the Ukraine crisis

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Daniil Medvedev says he wants peace across the world after being questioned about the Ukraine crisis

Daniil Medvedev says he wants peace across the world after being questioned about the Ukraine crisis

Medvedev said of playing under a neutral flag: “I want to promote my sport, I want to promote what I’m doing in my country for sure, and right now the situation is that that is the only way I can play.”

Asked if he feared being banned, he added: “Tennis is probably one of the most individual sports we have in the world. Everyone’s living in so many different places. There’s always a possibility, but I hope not.”

Sabalenka expressed her dismay at the situation in Ukraine, saying: “I feel really sad and really bad about Ukrainian citizens who lost their homes in the war. I just hope for peace.”

Brits in action

Emma Raducanu will hope to recover from a leg injury to take part at Indian Wells

Emma Raducanu will hope to recover from a leg injury to take part at Indian Wells

British players remain unbeaten so far, with qualifier Harriet Dart moving through to a second-round meeting against Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, while Heather Watson and Katie Boulter are both in action later on Friday.

Emma Raducanu will take on France’s Caroline Garcia on Saturday provided she has sufficiently recovered from a leg injury.

In his first match, wild card Andy Murray will meet Japan’s Taro Daniel for the third time this year having lost at the Australian Open then claimed some revenge in Doha last month.

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