German Tennis Star Alexander Zverev to Stand Trial on Domestic Violence Charges on Friday

German Tennis Star Alexander Zverev to Stand Trial on Domestic Violence Charges on Friday

The German will be tried this Friday on appeal for domestic violence.

The fourth world player Alexander Zverev, who brought down the icon Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, will be tried on Friday in Germany on appeal for domestic violence, in the middle of the Grand Slam tournament of which he is one of the favorites . The 27-year-old German star is contesting before a Berlin court a first instance judgment which imposed a fine of 450,000 euros on him in October 2023 for “blows and wounds” against a former partner.

The player is accused of having, in May 2020 in Berlin, “physically mistreated a woman during an argument and harmed her health”, according to the court. Alexander Zverev is accused of “choked his partner at the time with both hands in the stairwell of a Berlin building”. The legal proceedings do not mention the name of the complainant. But the player’s lawyers indicated in October that it was his former partner Brenda Patea, who was invited by the court to testify on the first day of the appeal trial. Eight court dates are scheduled between now and July. No personal appearance has been ordered for Zverev.

Zverev denies accusations

The world No.4 said at the end of last week that he wanted to concentrate on Roland-Garros, where he eliminated in the first round the former Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal, winner of the tournament 14 times during his career. Thursday, in the 2nd round, he beat Belgian David Goffin 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, 6-2. “I have confidence in the German justice system. I believe in the truth. I know what I did and what I didn’t do. There’s absolutely no chance I’ll lose.” the trial, added the German player.

In January 2023, due to lack of sufficient evidence, the ATP – which manages the men’s professional tennis circuit – closed a separate investigation targeting him into allegations of domestic violence emanating from another ex-partner, Olga Sharypova. The ATP, which originally opened this investigation in 2021, considered that the charges were insufficient to go further. This Russian player had claimed on social networks that the world tennis star had “tried to strangle him with a pillow, bang his head against the wall and twist his arms”.

In a long interview given to the Russian site Championship, the young woman added that there had been “a lot” situations of this type. She did not go to court. Alexander Zverev, renowned for the power of his serve and baseline game, has 22 titles on the professional circuit, including a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the Masters twice (2018, 2021) as well as the Masters 1000 in Rome (2017 and 2024), Montreal (2017), Madrid (2018 and 2021) and Cincinnati (2021).

2024-05-30 13:16:58
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