Alexander Zverev was handed a suspended eight-week ban for an outburst at Acapulco. During the incident, Zverev verbally abused chair umpire Alessandro Germani and hit the chair umpire’s chair four times.
Fans have been critical of the ATP for not giving Zverev a stronger punishment. Zverev represented Germany just a week after the incident.
But Zverev said that he has been meditating in an attempt to handle these types of situations in the future. Zverev said:
It still is embarrassing for me. 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.
I’ve been doing work, meditation-wise. There are stress situations in everyone’s life where stuff like this happens. I’m not the first, I won’t be the last for something bad to happen on the court.
I know who I am as a person and this doesn’t reflect on me. I have played until 5 am the day before – the same day I went back to play doubles.
Alexander Zverev‘s suspended sentence means that any unsportsmanlike conduct or abuse until February 2023 will result in a ban. But Zverev is hopeful that he can be in his good behavior going forward.