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ATP looks into abuse claims against Zverev


LONDON: Tennis Tour chiefs said on Monday they had launched an investigat­ion into domestic abuse allegation­s against Olympic champion Alexander Zverev made by his former girlfriend.

Last year, former junior player Olga Sharypova accused the German world No.4 of physical and emotional abuse, claims rejected by Zverev.

More details of her claims were published in a story by online magazine Slate in August, prompting Zverev, 24, to issue a statement in which he “categorica­lly and unequivoca­lly” denied abusing Sharypova.

He also launched legal proceeding­s. One of the allegation­s referred to a purported attack during the Shanghai Masters in 2019.

The ATP, the governing body for the men’s profession­al tennis circuits, said it had launched a probe.

“An internal investigat­ion into allegation­s concerning Alexander Zverev at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Shanghai in 2019 is currently under way,” the ATP said in a statement.

“The ATP fully condemns any form of violence or abuse and will investigat­e such allegation­s related to conduct at an ATP member tournament.”

ATP CEO Massimo Calvelli said: “The allegation­s raised against Alexander Zverev are serious and we have a responsibi­lity to address them.

“We hope our investigat­ion will allow us to establish the facts and determine appropriat­e follow-up action. We understand Zverev welcomes our investigat­ion and acknowledg­e that he has denied all allegation­s.

“We will also be monitoring any further legal developmen­ts following the preliminar­y injunction obtained by Zverev in the German courts.”

The ATP does not currently have a domestic violence policy to match those in place in some sports leagues, but announced on Monday an independen­t report into safeguardi­ng had been completed that includes a number of recommenda­tions.

It said it would study the report and would develop a safeguardi­ng strategy relating to all matters of abuse, including domestic violence.

 ?? REUTERS ?? Alexander Zverev poses with his Olympic gold medal.
REUTERS Alexander Zverev poses with his Olympic gold medal.

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