The ATP has confirmed that domestic abuse charges against Alexander Zverev are being investigated.
Alexander Zverev is accused of abusing his ex-girlfriend Olya Sharypova verbally and physically. All charges against the German tennis player have been refuted.
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has confirmed that Alexander Zverev is being investigated for allegations of domestic violence. Former girlfriend Olya Sharypova, who gave an interview in November detailing the abuse she claimed she received from the world number four during their year-long relationship, has accused the rising tennis star of assault.
During a series of assaults throughout their relationship, Zverev allegedly smashed Sharypova’s head against a wall, was ‘controlling and possessive,’ sat on her face with a pillow, seized her passport to prevent her from leaving him, and punched her in the face.
The German has categorically denied all charges leveled against him.
In light of the allegations, the ATP announced in August that it had commissioned an independent safeguarding report.
After the completion of that report, an internal inquiry into charges made against Zverev at an ATP event in Shanghai in 2019 has begun.
According to an ATP statement, “the ATP unequivocally condemns any kind of violence or abuse and will investigate such complaints linked to conduct at an ATP member tournament.”
“As an organization, we recognize the need to do more to guarantee that everyone involved in professional tennis feels safe and protected,” said CEO Massimo Calvelli.
“The safeguarding report’s suggestions will assist us in taking a firm stance on this.” We are committed to taking significant steps forward and recognize that this will not be a quick process.” “The allegations leveled against Alexander Zverev are serious, and we have a responsibility to respond to them,” he continued. We are hopeful that our inquiry will enable us to ascertain the facts and determine the best course of action.
“We understand that Zverev welcomes our investigation and that he has refuted all charges,” says the statement.
“We’ll also keep an eye on any subsequent legal developments following Zverev’s interim injunction in German courts.”
Using the report’s suggestions, the ATP said it will build a long-term safeguarding policy “related to all cases of abuse, including domestic violence.”
The probe was announced after Andy Murray, a Grand Slam winner, became one of the few tennis players to speak out about the allegations.
He urged the ATP to take a more proactive approach. “Brinkwire News Summary.”