World No. 4 Alexander Zverev insists he is all good with the ATP launching an investigation into his domestic violence claims.
In 2020 October, Zverev’s ex-girlfriend Olya Sharypova accused the German of domestic violence, claiming the world No. 4 tried to strangle her with a pillow.
The ATP has been under pressure for months to launch an investigation into Zverev and on Monday they finally did so.
“I have always been in full support of creating of an ATP domestic violence policy. Moreover, I welcome the ATP investigation in the matter and have been asking the ATP to initiate an independent investigation for months,” Zverev said in a statement.
“As stated before, I categorically and unequivocally deny any of these allegations. We have obtained a preliminary injuction against the publisher and the journalist of the false allegations which states, the accusations are defamatory and false. Nevertheless the publisher and the journalist are both in deliberate violation of this court order by refraining from taking down the reporting and continuing to push the allegations on social media repeatedly. My lawyers have initiated further proceedings.”
The ATP released a statement on the Zverev investigation
Massimo Calvelli, ATP CEO, said: “As an organisation we recognise the need to be doing more to ensure everyone involved in professional tennis feels safe and protected. The recommendations of the Safeguarding Report will help us approach this in a robust way. We are committed to making meaningful steps forward and know this won’t be an overnight process.”
The ATP felt a “responsibility” to launch an investigation into Zverev.
“The allegations raised against Alexander Zverev are serious and we have a responsibility to address them,” Calvelli added.
“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.”