‘It’s taken a little bit too long,’ but Andy Murray welcomes ATP probe into Alexander Zverev abuse claims
Andy Murray has welcomed the ATP’s investigation into domestic violence allegations made against Alexander Zverev.
Tennis’ governing body announced on Tuesday that it was looking into the claims by Zverev’s former girlfriend Olga Sharypova that the world No 4 punched her in their hotel room during the Shanghai Masters in 2019.
The Russian former junior player first went public with a series of allegations against Zverev last October, to which the 24-year-old issued a blanket denial.
He continues to maintain his innocence but pressure had been growing for the ATP to take some form of action, with Murray one of the few male players calling publicly for something to be done.
— Alexander Zverev (@AlexZverev) October 4, 2021
The ATP’s announcement also revealed that an independent safeguarding report commissioned to recommend steps forward in the way the organisation handles such issues has been completed.
Speaking ahead of his first match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Murray said: “I think now you have to try to look at the positives of what’s come from that and, yes it’s taken a little bit too long, but now there is going to be a process in place and protocols in place when allegations like that are made.”
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