Novak Djokovic mentioned tennis authorities might undertake clearer insurance policies on home abuse in gentle of allegations made towards U.S. Open runner-up Alexander Zverev by his ex-girlfriend.
The world primary supplied his help to Zverev, who has repeatedly denied the allegations made by Olga Sharypova.
In an interview with Racquet Journal, Sharypova mentioned Zverev was emotionally and bodily abusive to her. She additionally said that she doesn’t intend to press fees towards the German.
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“We do not know what occurred actually. I imply, we’re going to discover out clearly,” world primary Djokovic instructed reporters after his 6-3 7-6(4) win over Zverev on the O2 Area on Friday.
“I’ve identified Sascha for a really very long time since he was very younger. I at all times had an important relationship with him. Very good man. I’ve plenty of respect for him, his household.
“So I used to be unhappy to listen to and to know he is going by means of one thing like this. I do not know what occurred. After all, I imply, clearly I am not supporting any form of violence. So we should wait and see.”
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Germany’s Zverev has described the allegations as “unfounded and unfaithful” and with none authorized investigation the boys’s ATP Tour can be unlikely to intervene.
The ATP mentioned it condemned “any type of violence or abuse”.
“In circumstances the place allegations of violence or abuse are made towards any member of the Tour, authorized authorities examine and due course of, we then evaluation the end result and determine the suitable plan of action,” the governing physique of males’s tennis mentioned in an announcement final week.
Djokovic was requested whether or not the ATP ought to undertake its personal coverage on home abuse, much like these in American sports activities, no matter authorized proceedings.
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“Yeah, I imply, why not? In all probability it must be there in place. However I assume it wasn’t developed and it wasn’t there as a result of we simply didn’t have the circumstances like this,” mentioned Djokovic, who was president of the ATP’s participant council earlier than he resigned earlier this yr to type a breakaway affiliation.
“I’ve not heard that we had perhaps prime gamers concerned in such situations. So perhaps that form of case will in a method encourage ATP to do one thing like that.”
World quantity seven Zverev mentioned he had nothing to cover.
“The gamers know whats occurring,” the 23-year-old instructed reporters after he was crushed by Djokovic in his ultimate spherical robin match on Friday.
“What else can I say? I’ve mentioned every thing that I can. It’s totally unlucky that these form of false allegations can put such injury and put the eye away from the game, but it surely’s the world we dwell in proper now sadly.
“There’s nothing extra that I can do.”