After months of delay and complaints from gamers and tennis officers, the lads’s skilled tennis tour introduced Monday that it might examine Alexander Zverev after accusations of home abuse made by a former girlfriend.
Zverev, 24, a rising star from Germany ranked fourth on this planet in males’s singles, has strongly denied accusations that he was violent with Olya Sharypova throughout a sequence of bodily altercations. Sharypova, a Russian nationwide, has not filed any prison prices over the incidents, which, she mentioned, passed off in 2019. The 2 started relationship after they had been youngsters, however the relationship ended greater than a yr in the past.
Forward of the U.S. Open, Zverev sought an injunction in court docket in Germany to stop additional reporting on the allegations by Slate, which had printed a lengthy article on them by Ben Rothenberg, a contract tennis author who typically writes for The New York Occasions. The court docket granted the injunction, and Zverev pointed to it as a affirmation of his innocence.
Whereas the court docket stopped in need of that, it agreed along with his argument that the proof offered within the article was not enough below German legislation to justify the impression on him. The choice said that such an article wanted to have sufficient stability in order that it didn’t depart the impression that Zverev was responsible of the acts Sharypova accused him of committing.
A number of gamers have mentioned the ATP wants to handle the Zverev state of affairs straight and alter its insurance policies about home violence allegations. Andy Murray, a former world No. 1, has complained a number of instances this yr about how he felt the ATP was dragging its toes on the problem, lengthy after a number of North American sports activities leagues modified their insurance policies to permit gamers who’re the topic of home violence allegations to be suspended.
“Clearly it was one thing that wanted to vary when it comes to how among the conditions have been dealt with, I believe, this yr,” Murray mentioned after the ATP mentioned it might take into account altering its coverage. “I simply didn’t actually really feel like the game had a lot of a kind of stance on it, actually.”
On Monday, the ATP mentioned it totally condemned any type of violence or abuse and would examine such allegations associated to conduct at an ATP member match.
Massimo Calvelli, chief government of the ATP, referred to as the allegations towards Zverev “critical.”
“We’ve got a accountability to handle them,” Calvelli mentioned in a press release. “We hope our investigation will permit us to determine the information and decide acceptable follow-up motion.”
The ATP introduced in August that an unbiased panel would evaluation and make suggestions for adjustments to its insurance policies relating to participant conduct, together with these gamers who’re the topic of abuse allegations.
Zverev has steered he’ll cooperate with an investigation, however it isn’t clear what type that cooperation will take. The ATP has till not had any clear guidelines for investigating and taking motion towards gamers who’re the topic of home abuse allegations earlier than the issues are adjudicated in a court docket of legislation.
Sharypova has mentioned she has no intentions of submitting prices or a swimsuit towards Zverev for the altercations, which allegedly passed off in the USA and China whereas Zverev was competing.
Zverev is scheduled to play on the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., this week and is planning to play on the ATP Tour Finals in Italy subsequent month.
For the reason that allegations, Zverev has parted methods along with his brokers at Team8, the company based by Roger Federer and his agent Tony Godsick, although he did take part final month in Federer’s match, the Laver Cup. Zverev’s principal sponsors embody Adidas and Rolex, which up to now have caught by him regardless of the allegations.