World No. 4 Alexander Zverev claims he has "proved in a lot of different ways" that he is innocent and he is welcoming the ATP's investigation over the domestic violence accusations made against him. Last year, Zverev's ex-girlfriend Olya Sharypova made a number of shocking accusations against Zverev.
Sharypova accused Zverev of trying to strangle her with a pillow but since then the German tennis star has been adamantly denying the accusations. After months of being pressure, the ATP launched an investigation into Zverev.
"To be honest it's very difficult in my situation because a lot of the time the man is not really believed. I have proven that I'm innocent in a lot of different ways and I think now with this investigation which is finally happening, I hope that this can be done and dusted, from a third individual party and then we can move on with everything else," Zverev said in Indian Wells.
Zverev thrilled with his season
This season, 24-year-old Zverev made it all the way at Masters events in Madrid and Cincinnati, captured gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and also won Acapulco. "To be honest, i have had one of the most incredible seasons a young guy has had in probably the last 10 years, winning the Olympics, two Masters series and four tournaments, and that is kind of forgotten a little bit.
So once this situation is over, once this situation is done we can go back to how it was." Zverev is now hoping the ATP investigation will help him clear his name. Massimo Calvelli, ATP CEO, said this week: “As an organisation we recognise 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."