In the past few hours, the direction of the Mutua Madrid Open has ended up at the center of an unexpected diatribe after having published a press release regarding an important initiative against abuse: so far nothing strange, except to take part in this project there was also the German Alexander Zverev, openly accused in recent months by his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova of domestic violence.
Throughout 2020, Alexander Zverev and Olga Sharypova attacked each other, with truly controversial statements. It was a media case with a lot of resonance, which led to many reflections. Immediate negative reactions from the users of social media, which forced the managers to delete the post.
"It is not easy to understand how bad it is that Zverev appears on this list," wrote one user.
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"Whoever wrote it is admitting that they do not know anything about Olya's story or are on Zverev's side, even if there is very little to support him while there are plenty of reasons to side with Olga."
Whatever happened, the ATP had already made it known that it could never take any action against Alexander as long as the German was not officially involved in the law. Among the other names present in the initiative, those of Dominic Thiem, Naomi Osaka and the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco stand out.
The last champion of the women's edition of the Madrid Open was Dutchman Kiki Bertens, who two years ago defeated Simona Halep in the last game with a score of 6-4 6-4. The Mutua Open in Madrid, an event on the ATP calendar belonging to the prestigious 'Masters 1000' category, was born in 2002, when the American Andre Agassi triumphed.
The most successful player in the Spanish capital was obviously the Majorcan Rafael Nadal, champion here five times between 2005 and 2017. The tournament was not held last year due to the Covid emergency, so the holder of the trophy remains Serbian Novak Djokovic, who in 2019 beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in two sets in the final.
It’s hard to overstate how horrible it is that Zverev’s on this list. It’s an admission that whoever put this together either doesn’t know about Olya’s story or sides with Zverev despite the fact that there’s little to support his side and loads to support Olya’s.