After losing the match point to Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara along with playmate Marcelo Melo, Zverev approached the referee’s chair and hit him three times.
“You destroyed the whole fucking match. The whole fucking match, you destroyed it,” Zverev can be heard yelling at the referee, before returning to his chair to hit him another time.
Glasspool and Heliovaara can be seen wincing and stopping in their tracks as they stand just behind Zverev.
The world no. 3 could also be heard calling the referee a “fucking idiot” during the match, after being frustrated by a call on the line during the deciding super tiebreak.
“Due to unsportsmanlike conduct at the conclusion of the doubles match on Tuesday evening, Alexander Zverev was withdrawn from the Acapulco tournament,” said an ATP statement.
The ATP rules define unsportsmanlike conduct as “any misconduct by a player that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the success of a tournament, ATP and / or sport” and carries a fine of up to $ 20,000.
However, incidents that are “flagrant and particularly detrimental to the success of a tournament” may be related to the ATP EVP rules and competition, which would conduct an investigation.
Zverev later apologized in a post on his Instagram page.
“It’s hard to put into words how much I regret my behavior during and after yesterday’s doubles match,” he wrote. “I privately apologized to the chair referee because my outburst at him was wrong and unacceptable, and I’m just disappointed in myself.
“It just shouldn’t have happened and there is no excuse. I would also like to apologize to my fans, the tournament and the sport I love. As you know, I leave everything on the pitch. Yesterday I left too much.
“I’ll take the next few days to reflect on my actions and how I can make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’m sorry I let you down.”
Zverev’s removal from the tournament also includes the singles draw, in which the day before he set the record for the latest milestone in ATP Tour history.
The German’s 3-6 7-6 6-2 win over American Jenson Brooksby ended at 4:55 local time on Tuesday, breaking the previous record of 4:34 on the set of Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis at the 2008 Australian Open .
German teammate Peter Gojowczyk, whom Zverev was supposed to play in the next round, received a pass to the quarter-finals.