Alexander Zverev warns media: "I don't want any more these questions"

The German champion, finalist at Roland Garros, warned the media at a press conference that he no longer wants to hear questions about the trial on domestic violence charges

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Alexander Zverev warns media: "I don't want any more these questions"
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Put aside everything that happens outside the court and focus solely on the moment and the challenge. Alexander Zverev reached his second Slam final by beating Casper Ruud in the Roland Garros semi-final. 4 years after the one he won at the 2020 US Open, the German player returns to play a final in one of the four most prestigious events of the season; a crowning achievement, considering his recovery after the serious injury at Roland Garros in 2022. That year, in the semi-final against Rafael Nadal, Sascha suffered a serious ankle injury which led to a long convalescence and cast doubts on the continuation of his career. The trio of finals in Paris, however, failed for Casper Ruud, affected above all by a stomach problem from the end of the second set onwards.

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At the press conference, the German also warned the media present regarding the domestic violence case and related trial. Zverev doesn't want any more questions about it, especially now that the issue has closed with a private agreement between the German and his former girlfriend, also the mother of his child.

"I told everyone. I'm happy it's over. Yeah, nothing else to say. That's it. Four years. I'm happy. The process? This means abandoning the case. This is innocence. They won't drop the case if you're ultimately guilty. I don't know what translations you have, but this is what it means. Done. Go on. I never want to hear another question on this topic again. This applies to everyone," said Zverev at the press conference.

The German newspaper Die Welt reported that Zverev will be forced to pay a fine of $200,000 in exchange for the dismissal of the proceedings: it was specified, in detail, that $150,000 will go to the state treasury and the remaining $50,000 to a collection fund for charitable institutions. The process was started at the end of May after the sanction order imposed in October 2023 on the world number 4, who however contested the provision and appealed. During the discussion, the complaint emerged from the woman, who told how in a heated argument in May 2020 she was pushed against a wall and suffocated with both hands by Sascha. An episode that was revealed months ago in an interview which was then removed under pressure from the German player's lawyers for exceeding the permitted limits with respect to suspicious reports.

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