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Frenchwoman Fiona Ferro filed a complaint against her ex-trainer for rape and sexual assault – Liberation

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The 25-year-old player, ex-39th in the world, filed a complaint against her former coach Pierre Bouteyre for acts of rape and sexual assault when she was a minor, according to “Nice Matin”. The latter was indicted on August 18.

Ex-average tennis player on the ATP circuit converted to coach, Pierre Bouteyre was indicted on August 18, according to information from nice morning. A decision following a complaint filed by his former player Fiona Ferro, for acts of rape and sexual assault, which allegedly took place between 2012 and 2015 in Saint-Raphaël (Var), according to information from the local newspaper. At the time, the player was between 15 and 18 years old, and was still only a young hope of French tennis.

Pierre Bouteyre, now 50 years old and who also had Alizé Cornet under his command, admitted “the materiality of the facts but disputes the accusation of rape”, indicates his lawyer, Me Virginie Pin to the Nice newspaper. The latter was placed under judicial control with obligation of care and prohibition to enter into contact with the complainant. Still a coach, he is also prohibited from coaching minors. Investigators will also have to determine whether Pierre Bouteyre could have committed similar acts on other players he had under his orders.

Current 259th player in the world, Fiona Ferro is having a complicated season. Last week, she lost in the first round of qualifying for the US Open. The player is however far from being an unknown in the French tennis landscape. In 2021, she was the highest ranked Frenchwoman in the WTA, ranking 39th in the world. According to nice morningFiona Ferro, still licensed at the Nice Lawn Tennis Club, should leave the Côte d’Azur to revive herself by joining a club in Ile-de-France.

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