Former world No. 3 Milos Raonic wasn't happy with how the ATP responded to the accusations Alexander Zverev's ex-girlfriend Olya Sharypova made against the German tennis star. A year ago, Sharypova accused Zverev of domestic violence.
The week before this year's US Open, Sharypova released new details into an alleged domestic violence by Zverev. "I’m embarrassed and disappointed in the ATP and the other governing bodies’ response to this situation,” Raonic told Rolling Stone.
Raonic felt the ATP were "hush-hush" about the Zverev situation. “Should the ATP have done something, and been involved, to protect the sport? Yes,” Raonic said. ”I felt like they were a little bit hush-hush about the whole thing, and just waiting for it to pass”.
Zverev strongly denied the allegations
"I’ve always said that the allegations and everything that has been said is untrue. The court confirmed that,” Zverev said at the news conference at the US Open. “So there’s nothing else to say from my side because, as I said, the court confirmed that it’s untrue.
“The court followed our arguments and states, the accusations are defamatory and false." An article published on Slate the week before the US Open featured new details into an alleged domestic violence act by Zverev.
Zverev publicly defended himself and took a legal action against the author and source of the article. "I have engaged my German and American lawyers in the matter," Zverev said a statement posted on his Twitter.
"They have already obtained a preliminary injunction against the source and the author who published the false allegations. The court followed our arguments and states, the accusations aroused are defamatory and false.
The lawyers have therefore initiated further proceedings against the source and the author. "I categorically and unequivocally deny having abused Olya. I also fully support the creation of an ATP domestic violence policy. I will not address this matter any further."