Death threat to the chair umpire at the Acapulco tournament: ‘I’ll kill you’

Outrage in the tennis world after how the match between the Bosnian ended Damir Dzumhur and the Dutchman Van de Zandschulp.

The Bosnian tennis player was disqualified from the ATP 500 ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco (Mexico) after threatening the chair umpire with death. It happened in the match of the second round of the qualifying phase of this tournament.

With 5-5 on the scoreboard in the first set, the world number 125 Balkan hit a ball that seemed to go in, but the referee signaled that it had bounced out. Dzumhur he angrily questioned the decision by dropping his racket and approaching the chair umpire, and received a penalty point (6-5).

The action continued, but the game was stopped when the Bosnian directed an ‘I’ll kill you’ – ‘I will kill you’ – at the chair umpire, for which he received a second penalty. He was then disqualified and the match was won by Van de Zandschulp, number 149 in the ATP rankings.

Dzumhur received a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct and after continuing to argue with the chair umpire, he received a second warning, costing him one point. Given this, the Bosnian refused to continue playing and was disqualified according to the ATP. “It is important to emphasize that I was not disqualified. I chose to leave the court voluntarily ”, the player has now said.

“I just couldn’t bear to be treated this badly by someone, as if I could do whatever he wanted,” continues the Bosnian.

“I don’t know where some web pages have come from that I have threatened to kill anyone,” he says. “It is true that I even told the supervisor that I felt the need to hit the chair umpire for what he had done to me. He told me that that would not be a good idea, since that could hurt me a lot and I told him that I did not care because I was very nervous, but I ended up calming down and I left the track. I have not threatened anyone with death. I don’t know where that came from. You can see everything in the video ”.

Dzumhur He insists that “I told him in the exchange that I would sue him for what he had done. He gave me a warning for that. I do not understand how someone can have the right to give you a warning for those words. I accepted it, but by then I was very angry, ”he explains.