Last year, the former junior player Olga Sharypova accused Alexander Zverev of physical and emotional abuse.© Instagram
Tennis Tour bosses said Monday they had opened an investigation into allegations of domestic violence against the Olympic champion Alexander Zverev made by his former girlfriend. Last year, the former young player Olga Sharypova accused the German number four in the world rankings of physical and mental abuse, claims Zverev rejected. Further details on their claims were published in an article in the online magazine Slate in August, prompting the 24-year-old Zverev to issue a statement in which he “categorically and clearly” denied the abuse of Sharypova. He also initiated legal proceedings.
One of the allegations related to an alleged attack during the Shanghai Masters in 2019.
The ATP, the governing body of professional men’s tennis circles, said it had opened an investigation.
“An internal investigation of the allegations against Alexander Zverev at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Shanghai in 2019 is currently underway,” said a statement from the ATP.
“The ATP strongly condemns any form of violence or abuse and will investigate such allegations in connection with behavior at an ATP member tournament.”
ATP CEO Massimo Calvelli said: “The allegations against Alexander Zverev are grave and we have a responsibility to fight them.
“We hope our investigation will enable us to establish the facts and determine appropriate follow-up. We understand that Zverev welcomes our investigation and acknowledges that he has denied all allegations.
“We will also monitor the further development of the law after Zverev’s preliminary injunction before German courts.”
The ATP does not currently have domestic violence guidelines on par with some sports leagues, but announced on Monday that it had finalized an independent report on protection that includes a number of recommendations.
It said it would review the report and develop a protection strategy against all abuse issues, including domestic violence.
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