The presenter of the Laver Cup, Alexander Zverev, has resigned due to claims of abuse.
Mary Carillo, a former tennis player and well-known sports presenter, has stepped down as host of the Laver Cup following claims of domestic violence leveled against Alexander Zverev, who is competing this year.
The Laver Cup has been overshadowed in part by claims of domestic abuse against Alexander Zverev. The world No. 4 is competing for Team Europe, and his presence has already sparked controversy, with Twitter users responding to the official Laver Cup account with abuse charges against his ex-girlfriend being blocked by the competition. Due to the allegations against Zverev, renowned tennis commentator Mary Carillo has stepped down from her job as tournament host.
The Laver Cup is presently being held in Boston, following the cancellation of the event in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Roger Federer co-created the Ryder Cup-style tournament, which pits players against each other as Team Europe and Team World in honor of tennis hero Rod Laver.
While the Swiss star will miss the Laver Cup for the first time this year due to a third knee surgery, Alexander Zverev has remained a constant in the lineup and is now the only European player to have competed in every tournament.
However, his participation has sparked controversy this year, as it is the first time the world No. 4 has been selected for the event since allegations of domestic abuse against him surfaced.
Olga ‘Olya’ Sharypova, his ex-girlfriend, initially claimed she had been a victim of domestic violence in October 2020, posting a photo to Instagram with the statement “I have been abused and will not stay silent anymore,” then identified her ex-boyfriend Zverev in an interview with Russian website Championat.
She described situations that she alleged occurred during tournaments including the 2019 Laver Cup in two interviews published in Racquet magazine in November 2020 and Slate in August 2021.
Sharypova detailed claims of being repeatedly punched in the face, having her head hit against a wall, having Zverev sit on a pillow on her face, as well as dealing with derogatory remarks and “possessive and controlling” behavior during the interviews, both conducted by tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg.
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