Rafael Nadal has called for tougher penalties to be imposed upon tennis stars who abuse officials after Alexander Zverev was handed a controversial suspended sentence for his actions in Acapulco.
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“I have a good relationship with Sascha, I like him, I practice with him very often, so I wish him all the very best. And he knows that he was wrong and he recognized that very early and that’s a positive thing,” Nadal said.
“On the other hand, if we are not able to control this type of attitude on court, not just this one instance in particular, there has been other stuff going on in the last couple of months.
If we are not able to penalize these types of attitudes in a little stronger way, then we as players will feel stronger and stronger all the time. In this sport, we have to be a positive example, especially for the kids.”
Nadal was speaking to the media ahead of his involvement at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 tournament with his first match scheduled for Saturday.
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“As everyone knows this is one of my favorite tournaments,” added Nadal.
“I have been practicing, playing some golf, enjoying the good weather here and trying to be ready for the tournament.
“I have been trying to be calm, but I am increasing the practice.”
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