Men’s governing ATP to analyze abuse allegations in opposition to Zverev

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Oct 4 (Reuters) – The ATP has launched an inside investigation into allegations of home abuse in opposition to German tennis participant Alexander Zverev by his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova, the lads’s tennis governing physique mentioned in a statement on Monday.

In an interview with on-line journal Slate on Aug. 25, former tennis participant Sharypova mentioned that Zverev was emotionally and bodily abusive to her throughout their relationship.

The world quantity 4 and Olympic gold medallist has repeatedly denied the allegations and no prices have been introduced.

“I have always been in full support of the creation of an ATP domestic violence policy,” Zverev mentioned in a press release on Monday.

“Moreover, I welcome the ATP investigation in the matter and have been asking the ATP to initiate an independent investigation for months.”

The 24-year-old Zverev has “categorically and unequivocally” denied having abused Sharypova and mentioned on Aug. 27 that his legal professionals had initiated authorized motion in opposition to the creator of the allegations.

Slate issued a press release saying it stood by its “fair and accurate reporting”.

The ATP mentioned an inside investigation is “currently underway” into the allegations regarding Zverev on the ATP Masters 1000 occasion in Shanghai in 2019.

“The allegations raised against Alexander Zverev are serious and we have a responsibility to address them,” ATP Chief Executive Massimo Calvelli mentioned in a press release.

“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.”

The ATP additionally mentioned it had obtained the report of an unbiased overview it commissioned earlier in 2021 protecting matters together with the prevention, reporting and investigation of abuse in addition to disciplinary measures.

Reuters has not seen the report.

“As an organisation we recognise the need to be doing more to ensure everyone involved in professional tennis feels safe and protected,” the ATP’s Calvelli mentioned.

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Berhampore, India; Editing by Ken Ferris

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Tennis - Men's Singles - Medal Ceremony - Ariake Tennis Park - Tokyo, Japan - August 1, 2021.  Gold medallist Alexander Zverev of Germany celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov/File Photo