Having been silent for months, the ATP will finally do something about Alexander Zverev's ex-girlfriend's accusations of physical and mental abuse during 2019. After many struggles, Olga Sharypova came out with her story on two occasions, speaking with a notable journalist and describing her issues with the top-10 star throughout 2019, culminating during Shanghai Masters.
Sharypova charges Zverev for physical and emotional abuse, although she has taken no legal steps against the German player so far. The ATP completed an Independent Safeguarding Report representing a vital element of the ATP's safeguarding review to ensure all adults and minors involved in professional tennis are safe and protected from any abuse.
Compiled by a team of experts headed by Chris Smart, former Detective Chief Inspector in the UK Metropolitan Police, the report draws several wide-ranging recommendations to ensure safeguarding is embedded across all aspects of ATP organizational activity.
ATP will investigate accusations against world no. 4 Alexander Zverev.
Issues covered include prevention, reporting and investigation of abuse, disciplinary measures, policy statements, event safety, training, information sharing, collaboration with other bodies of tennis and the appointment of dedicated safeguarding leads.
ATP will evaluate the recommendations to identify immediate next steps and develop a longer-term safeguarding strategy relating to all matters of abuse, including domestic violence. The ATP also informed that an internal investigation into allegations concerning Alexander Zverev at the 2019 ATP Masters 1000 event in Shanghai is underway.
The ATP also highlighted their full condemns of any form of violence or abuse and will investigate such allegations related to conduct at an ATP member tournament. World no. 4 Zverev has been quiet about Sharypova's accusations, stating he never did anything wrong to Olga and looking eager to prove that in court.
"As an organization, we recognize the need to be doing more to ensure everyone involved in professional tennis feels safe and protected. The recommendations of the Safeguarding Report will help us approach this in a robust way.
We are committed to making meaningful steps forward and know this won't be an overnight process. The allegations raised against Alexander Zverev are serious, and we have a responsibility to address them. We hope our investigation will allow us to establish the facts and determine appropriate follow-up action.
We understand that Zverev welcomes our investigation and acknowledge that he has denied all allegations. We will also be monitoring any further legal developments following the preliminary injunction obtained by Zverev in the German Courts," Massimo Calvelli, ATP CEO, said.