Zverev denies claims, supports ATP domestic violence rules

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FILE – Alexander Zverev of Germany serves Andrey Rublev of Russia in the men’s final of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason, Ohio this Sunday, August 22, 2021, file photo. Zverev is seeded for the US Open, the last Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. The main draw game begins in New York on Monday, August 30. (AP Photo / Aaron Doster, File)

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Olympic tennis gold medalist Alexander Zverev once again denied allegations of abuse made by a former girlfriend and said on Friday he would support the introduction of a domestic violence policy through the male professional tour.

Zverev – a 24-year-old German who was a finalist last year at the US Open, which begins on Monday – issued a statement about it, then briefly addressed it in a press conference ahead of the tournament.

Ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova made the first charges last year and provided a new detailed account this week via a Slate.com article.

“I have always said that the allegations and everything that has been said is false. The court confirmed this, ”Zverev said at the press conference. “So there is nothing more to say from my side because, like I said, the court confirmed that was wrong.”

Zverev obtained a preliminary injunction in Germany against the author and publisher of the allegations.

“The court followed our arguments and our statements, the charges are libelous and false,” his statement said.

No action has been requested against Sharypova.

Sharypova, a former tennis player, alleged last year that Zverev attempted to strangle her with a pillow and hit her head against a wall in a New York hotel ahead of the US Open in 2019. She said she feared for her life at the time.

Zverev has denied the allegations.

Slate defended his report in a statement later Friday.

“Today we were informed that Alexander Zverev has initiated legal proceedings in Germany against Slate following our report into allegations of domestic violence. Although Slate does not comment on the pending litigation, we stand by our reports. fair and accurate based on multiple sources and interviews, ”Slate spokesperson Katie Rayford said.

The ATP said last weekend that it would begin an independent review of its protection policies, which it said should include recommendations relating to domestic violence.

On Friday, Zverev said he would be in favor of a policy.

“It will be resolved in these kinds of situations,” he said. “I think it’s good that ATP is renewing its rules a bit as they’ve been around since the 80s and nothing has changed in a way.”

Zverev lost to Dominic Thiem in the 2020 final at Flushing Meadows, falling in a tiebreaker in the fifth set after losing a two-set lead.

Zverev continued his Summer Games gold medal by winning a hard court title in Cincinnati this month.

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