Zverev denies ex-girlfiend's abuse accusations
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[October 31, 2020]
U.S. Open runner-up Alexander
Zverev denied accusations that he abused former girlfriend Olga
The 23-year-old Sharypova alleges that Zverev tried to strangle her
with a pillow and slammed her head into the wall in a New York hotel
room in August of 2019 shortly before the start of the U.S. Open.
She said she fled the room barefoot and in fear for her life.
Sharypova first detailed the allegation on her Instagram account on
Thursday. She later told Russian website Championat that it was
Zverev who delivered the abuse.
Sharypova, who is Russian, told CNN she did not contact police. She
said that was because she "loved this person and did not want to
create problems for him."
Zverev, 23, disputed the allegations in a Twitter post, referring to
them as "unfounded accusations."
"We have known each other since we were children and shared many
experiences together," Zverev wrote. "I very much regret that she makes
such statements because the accusations are simply not true.
"We had a relationship, but it ended a long time ago. Why Olga is making
these accusations now, I just don't know. I really hope that the two of
us will find a way to deal with each other again in a reasonable and
Sharypova told CNN that she felt she needed to speak up -- not just for
herself but to help other women.
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Alexander Zverev of
Germany hold the runner-up trophy following his loss in the men's
singles final match against Dominic Thiem of Austria on day 14 of
the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King
National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY
"I do not want to say that he is a bad person. I'm just saying that
he did a terrible thing to me," Sharypova told CNN. "A huge number
of girls suffer from cruelty, violence and abuse from men and do not
tell their stories to anyone. Some are afraid, some just live with
it, others simply cannot talk about this topic.
"It hurts me that in the 21st century we still have not come to the
conclusion that a woman is also a person, a human. We must be
respected, not treated like floor rags."
Zverev, who hails from Germany, has won 13 career titles and came
close to his first Grand Slam title last month before losing to
Austria's Dominic Thiem in the U.S. Open final. He won the first two
sets before Thiem rallied to win the final three.
Zverev is currently ranked No. 7 in the world.
--Field Level Media
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