Top-ranked German tennis player Alexander Zverev has once again strongly defended himself from the domestic violence accusations made by his ex-girlfriend Olya Sharypova as he says this allegations are "unfound and untrue."
Late last month, Sharypova made stunning allegations against Zverev, claiming the German tennis star domestically abused her several times during their relationship but it all escalated at last year's US Open. Zverev has been making headlines for all the negative reasons ever since Sharypova made the allegations and he decided to speak on the matter ahead of the Nitto ATP Finals.
"We are all here to play tennis. I'm looking forward to playing but in the last few days the focus has shifted to the off court (stuff). Many people asked me why I kept my mouth shut and didn't say anything. While I very much regret that these accusations are made, I have to stick to my initial thing of them being untrue and continue to deny them.
These accusations are just unfound, untrue. How the relationship is described is not how I was. It is not who I am, it is not how I was raised by my parents. It is simply not who I am as a person. It makes me sad what impact such accusations can have on the sport and on myself as well.
I truly apologize that the focus has shifted away from the sport. We all love tennis and that's why we are here. I'm looking forward to playing in London for the first time. As I sad I have to keep denying then as they are unfound and untrue," Zverev said in a statement ahead of the Nitto ATP Finals, as revealed by Nikolaus Fink.
Zverev stays true to his initial statement
"Then, there are the unfounded accusations my ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova, whch I read in the media today. They make me very sad. We have known each other since we were children and shared many experiences together.
I very much regret that she makes such statements. Because the accusations are simply not true. We had a relationship, but it ended a long time ago. Why Olga is making these accusations now, I just don't know. I really hope that the two of us will find a way to deal with each other again in a reasonable and respectful way," Zverev said in a statement released on his social media shortly after Sharypova made the accusations.