Olympic tennis gold medallist Alexander Zverev once more denied abuse allegations made by a former girlfriend and mentioned Friday he would assist the introduction of a home violence coverage by the boys’s professional tour.
Zverev — a 24-year-old German who was the runner-up final yr on the U.S. Open, which begins Monday — issued a press release in regards to the matter after which briefly addressed it at a pre-tournament information convention.
The previous girlfriend, Olga Sharypova, first made the accusations final yr and offered a brand new, detailed account this week through a Slate.com article.
“I’ve at all times mentioned that the allegations and every part that has been mentioned is unfaithful. The courtroom confirmed that,” Zverev mentioned on the information convention. “So there’s nothing else to say from my aspect as a result of, as I mentioned, the courtroom confirmed that it is unfaithful.”
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Zverev was granted a preliminary injunction in Germany towards the creator and writer of the allegations.
“The courtroom adopted our arguments and states, the accusations are defamatory and false,” his assertion mentioned.
No motion was sought towards Sharypova.
Sharypova, a former tennis participant, alleged final yr that Zverev tried to strangle her with a pillow and hit her head towards a wall at a New York resort earlier than the U.S. Open in 2019. She mentioned she feared for her life on the time.
Zverev has denied the allegations.
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Slate defended its report in a press release later Friday.
“As we speak we have been knowledgeable that Alexander Zverev began authorized proceedings in Germany towards Slate following our report on alleged home abuse. Although Slate doesn’t touch upon pending litigation, we stand by our truthful and correct reporting primarily based on a number of sources and interviews,” Slate spokesperson Katie Rayford mentioned.
The ATP mentioned final weekend it will start an unbiased overview of its safeguarding insurance policies, which it mentioned is anticipated to incorporate suggestions pertaining to home violence.
On Friday, Zverev mentioned he would favour a coverage.
“It’ll get sorted in these form of conditions,” he mentioned. “I believe it is good that the ATP is form of renewing their guidelines just a little bit as a result of they have been there because the ’80s and nothing has been modified in a method.”
Zverev misplaced to Dominic Thiem within the 2020 ultimate at Flushing Meadows, falling in a fifth-set tiebreaker after blowing a two-set lead.
Zverev adopted up his gold medal on the Summer time Video games by profitable a hard-court title in Cincinnati this month.