Zverev Given Suspended Ban by ATP for Acapulco Outburst

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    The Facts

    • German tennis star Alexander Zverev has been given a suspended 8-week ban by the ATP for an outburst that included smashing his racket and verbally abusing officials at an event in Acapulco last month.

    • At the time, Zverev was defaulted from the event, forfeited more than $31,000 in prize money, and was fined $40,000.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    This discipline is a sham and no punishment at all. The ATP is setting a terrible precedent with such a weak reaction to an egregious violation of decorum and rules.

    Narrative B

    Zverev admitted he was wrong and publicly apologized for the incident. There's precedent for the ATP issuing a suspended punishment in these types of situations.

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