French Open rule change suggested by tennis pundit after Alexander Zverev incident

ITV4 commentator Mark Petchey, the former coach of Andy Murray, was commentating on Alexander Zverev’s five-set thriller with John Millman at the French Open on Tuesday.

As tensions ran high in the fourth set, Zverev threw his racket into the Roland Garros clay although it wasn’t hard enough to break it.

The host broadcaster showed countless replays of the incident which could have left Zverev in hot water.

The laws of the game state that players should be handed a code violation for racket abuse if they are forced to change their equipment. On this occasion, he got away scot-free although he was later punished for a tantrum when he lost the set.
“There’s the Zverev racket throw into the ground,” Petchey said.

“It’s not a smash, more a throw so he will escape a code violation.

“I still feel as though tennis is a little bit too draconian with that particular rule, that if they break a racket they should be punished.

“You want passion, you want emotion, you want to show people it means everything to them – then you want them to kind of behave unemotionally.”

“Pure impure emotions are some of the best you will see in a sportsperson as this is their oxygen.

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