Alexander Zverev opened up concerning the allegations, apologising for the unfavorable consideration to tennis.© AFP
Alexander Zverev opened up concerning the home assault allegations he’s dealing with on Friday, apologising for the unfavorable consideration it has dropped at tennis and insisting the image painted by his ex-girlfriend is “not who I am”. Former junior participant Olga Sharypova stated in a social media submit final month that the German world quantity seven had tried to “strangle” her whereas eventually yr’s US Open. In a subsequent media interview with Racquet journal, the Russian alleged the abuse she suffered drove her to aim suicide.
Zverev, who additionally discovered just lately that he’s anticipating a child with one other former associate, put out a brief assertion on Instagram to disclaim Sharypova’s claims however had refused to offer any additional solutions to questions on the topic.
He modified that stance at his press convention forward of the ATP Finals in London, saying: “Many people have asked me why I kept my mouth shut, why I didn’t say anything.”
“While I very much regret that those accusations are made, I have to stick to my initial thing of them being just untrue and continue to deny them.”
The 23-year-old German, who gained the eight-man ATP Finals in 2018, once more acknowledged that the accusations have been unfounded and unfaithful.
“We had our ups and downs but the way our relationship is described in the public is not how it was,” he stated.
“That’s not who I am, that’s not how I was raised by my parents. It’s not who I am as a person.”
“It makes me sad the impact that such false accusations can have — on the sport, on the outside word, on myself as well. I truly apologise that the focus has shifted away from the sport. We all love playing tennis. That’s what we’re here to do.”
Zverev will play his first match on the O2 Arena on Monday towards Daniil Medvedev, with play starting on Sunday behind closed doorways.
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