Alexander Zverev again denies abuse allegations – ‘These accusations are unfounded and untrue’
Alexander Zverev has opened up about the domestic violence allegations he is facing, apologising for the negative attention it has brought to tennis and insisting the picture painted by his ex-girlfriend is “not who I am”.
Former junior player Olga Sharypova made the accusations on Instagram two weeks ago before going into detail in two media interviews. During the second one, with Racquet magazine, she alleged the abuse drove her to attempt suicide.
Zverev, who also found out recently that he is expecting a baby with another former partner, put out a short statement on Instagram to deny Sharypova’s claims but had refused to provide any further answers to questions on the subject.
View this post on Instagram
He changed that stance at his press conference ahead of the Nitto 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 untrue and continue to deny them.
“These accusations are just unfounded and untrue. We had our ups and downs but the way our relationship is described in the public is not how it was. That’s not who I am, that’s not how I was raised by my parents.
“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.”
Zverev will play his first match at the O2 Arena on Monday against Daniil Medvedev, with play beginning on Sunday behind closed doors.
Close to three million fans have made the trip to Greenwich since the tournament was first held in London in 2009 and it is hugely unfortunate that that tally will not be added to before the ATP’s showpiece event heads to Turin next year.
Nadal, who takes on Andrey Rublev on Sunday evening, said: “The experience to play the ATP Finals at the O2 here in London has been one of the best, without a doubt.
“The atmosphere in this amazing stadium, the organisation has been great, the event has been very popular around the world, so I think the ATP made a great job choosing the O2, choosing London and creating a fantastic event for so many years.
Group Tokyo 1970
Group London 2020
— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 12, 2020
“Of course in an event like this one I think tennis needs to keep moving, but at the same time it’s not fair to finish here in London without crowds. But that’s the thing that is happening today in this world.
“Just congratulate London for this amazing 11, 12 years that we have been playing here and I expect to have another great event in Turin.”
The coronavirus pandemic has meant a very different experience for the players, who usually stay at a central London hotel and travel to the O2 by boat.
This time their hotel is close to the arena and they are not even allowed to walk between the two.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) November 13, 2020
“We are very lucky to keep playing our sport,” said Nadal, who is making another attempt to win the biggest title still missing from his CV.
“That’s the only thing that I can say. I can’t be negative. Of course it will be sad, especially playing with no crowd in this amazing stadium.”
Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski saw their hopes of qualifying for the doubles field end despite reaching the Sofia Open final.
By matching Murray and Skupski on Friday, Austrian Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France clinched the final spot.
Winning ATP Finals undefeated a ‘great boost of confidence’ for Grand Slams, says Daniil Medvedev
Confidence high for Daniil Medvedev.
Andy Murray on the best-of-five-set matches debate: ‘People often mistake long matches for epics’
What are Murray’s views on best-of-five-set matches?
‘I want to climb up the Rankings,’ says Dominic Thiem as he eyes new highs after ‘outstanding year’
Dominic Thiem eyeing top two spots in the ATP Rankings.
Daniil Medvedev triumphs in ATP Finals as Australian Open uncertainty continues
Medvedev won the biggest title of his career.
Daniil Medvedev hopes ATP Finals a sign of things to come with young guns forming ‘great rivalries’
Russian completed an unbeaten week at The O2.
Daniil Medvedev is last man standing in London as he beats Dominic Thiem to win 2020 ATP Finals
Medvedev came from a set down to defeat Thiem.
End of Big Three era? A look at state of men’s game after Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s ATP Finals exit
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have dominated men’s game.
Dominic Thiem on expanding Andy Murray’s one-man club against the Big Three: ‘It’s super special’
A milestone win for Dominic Thiem.
Australian Open dates to be set ‘as soon as possible’ amid Covid uncertainty
Tennis Australia’s Craig Tiley ‘confident we will have decisions soon’.
Daniil Medvedev on Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal getting beaten at ATP Finals: ‘It’s super for tennis’
Big Two beaten twice at London’s O2 Arena.