Alex Zverev: ATP contacts Olga Sharypova over investigation | Tennis | sport

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The ATP confirmed in October 2021 that it would investigate Sharypova’s allegations against Zverev, detailing her “most violent” attack at the hands of the German which it said took place at the 2019 Shanghai Masters.

Announcing the investigation, chief executive Massimo Calvelli said: “The allegations against Alexander Zverev are serious and we have a responsibility to respond to them. We hope that our investigation will allow us to establish the facts and determine the follow-up to to give.”

This follows two interviews Sharypova gave to journalist Ben Rothenberg, first accusing her former boyfriend of emotional and physical abuse at tournaments including the 2019 US Open and the Laver Cup, published in Racquet magazine in November 2020 before expanding on his allegations in a story that was published on Slate in August 2021 and later deleted after Zverev obtained a court injunction.

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Rothenberg also revealed that the investigator employed by the ATP to investigate Sharypova’s charges against Zverev had no prior experience of similar cases and instead had “expertise” from other walks of life. “As to, I believe, the investigator hired by the ATP has not listed any relevant expertise investigating domestic violence cases such as his, with his primary experience and expertise stated as a Secret Service agent and security consultant for sporting events,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

It’s unclear how long the investigation will take, but earlier this month ATP President Andrea Gaudenzi offered a rare update on the process, saying an independent third party had been engaged. to help with the process – which is expected to be the former Secret Service agent. “The investigation is still ongoing. We have engaged an independent third party with expertise in this area to assist us with the investigation process. I cannot comment on the details of the investigation at this time, but I can say that we will provide more information when the investigation is complete,” he told Spox.

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