Alexander Zverev releases statement after disqualification for angry umpire outburst

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Zverev was the defending singles champion at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel and had also entered the doubles with Marcelo Melo, a former doubles world No 1 and one of his close friends.

The pair dropped the first set to Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara but managed to win the second before falling in the first-to-ten-point match tiebreak and losing  6-2 4-6 10-6.

The Olympic champion had been unhappy with what he thought was an unfair call during the breaker and vented his frustration at the conclusion of the match.

Approaching the umpire’s chair, Zverev attacked it with his racket as he smashed the chair multiple times, with footage showing the umpire’s leg flinching.

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