Bosnian tennis star Damir Dzumhur has been fined $6,500 and stripped from his Acapulco first round prize money of $5,280 following his outburst at the Mexican ATP 500 event.
Dzumhur wasn’t happy with the calls made during his qualifying second round clash and he walked away from the court while Botic Van de Zandschulp was serving for the first set.
It appeared that Dzumhur was disqualified but after the match the Bosnian claimed he wasn’t disqualified as he insisted he walked away from the court die to “injustice.”
“It is important for me to emphasize that I was not disqualified, I have chosen to leave the court voluntarily”, said Dzumhur, per Tennis Majors.
“Simply, I could not bear that someone treats me very badly, that he can do whatever he wants; the umpire directly influenced the match with his bad calls. The last straw was the ball at 5-5 and 40-40; it was clear that the ball was out, but he did not react and I have lost that game.”
Dzumhur insisted there were no death threats
Dzumhur was extremely frustrated and he didn’t spare chair umpire.
After the match, some reports suggested that Dzumhur sent death threats to chair umpire.
“I honestly do not know where some websites have found the information about me threatening that I would kill anyone. It is true that I have said to the supervisor that I felt the need to hit the umpire because of what he has done to me. Supervisor suggested that it was not such a great idea, that I could further damage myself. I have answered that I do not care since I was nervous, but I did manage to regroup myself and leave the court. I have not threatened that I would kill anyone, I do not know where that came from, especially since there is video footage of the whole thing,” Dzumhur added.