World No. 1 Novak Djokovic gave a politically correct answer when asked about the allegations Olya Sharypova made against Alexander Zverev as the Serb said we don't what truly happened and added that he condemns any type of violence.
Recently, Sharypova -- Zverev's ex-girlfriend -- claimed she was abused multiple times by the German during their relationship but it all escalated at last year's US Open. "Well, yes, I know who you are alluding to.
I mean, yeah, I mean I heard what happened. We don't know what happened truly. I mean, we are going to find out obviously," Djokovic said of the Zverev - Sharypova case, as revealed by Tennis Majors. "I have known Sascha for a very long time since he was very young.
I always had a great relationship with him. Very nice guy. I have a lot of respect for him, his family. I'm same age and generation as his older brother Mischa, so I was sad to hear and to know he's going through something like this.
"Again, I don't know what happened. Of course, I mean, obviously I'm not supporting any kind of violence. So we will have to wait and see."
Djokovic thinks the ATP should introduce domestic violence policy
"Whether ATP should develop the kind of a policy, yeah, I mean, why not? Probably it should be there in place.
But I guess it wasn't developed and it wasn't there because we just did not have the cases like this. I think, previously -- I might be wrong, correct me -- I mean, in the history of sport. But I have not heard that we had maybe top players involved in such instances," Djokovic added.
"So maybe that kind of case will, you know, in a way inspire ATP to do something like that. So, yeah." Djokovic claimed a straight-set win over Alexander Zverev at the Nitto ATP Finals on Friday and booked a semifinal clash against Dominic Thiem.
"What else can I say? I have said everything that I can. You know, it's very unfortunate that these kind of false allegations can put such damage and put the attention away from the sport or towards those, but it's the world we live in right now unfortunately.
Yeah, there is nothing more that I can do," Zverev said of the Sharypova allegations after the Djokovic match, per George Bellshaw.