Alexander Zverev was drawn into the 1970 Tokyo Group at the ATP Finals alongside Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Diego Schwartzman. The German player reached the final at the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and won two tournaments in Cologne in the last few weeks, but the news coming off the pitch has certainly stolen the show from his excellent performances.
The accusations that Olya Sharypova, his former-girlfriend, made him through social networks and various interviews are serious and have cast shadows on his private life. Zverev has always denied the allegations and reiterated his position at a press conference.
We have to remember that Sharypova, about what happened in New York, said: "Some employees saw the fear in my eyes, even helped me to avoid Sascha who was looking for me throughout the hotel. I believe there will certainly be records of all of this.
At one point he confiscated my passport and did not want me to leave, I was constantly depressed and he realized that he had control over me. At the umpteenth fight he punched me and I was really dead inside, I didn't understand anything and I tried to commit suicide.
I took the insulin and injected it into me. That period was excruciating, I was in bed for 3 days until I recovered. I want the women who are going through this not to suffer what I have been through, I just want to help."
Zverev talked about the accusations received in recent weeks
"These allegations are totally unfounded, they are not true," explained Zverev explained, who then said: "Olya and I have had our ups and downs, but the way our relationship has been publicly described is not true.
I am not like that, this is not how my parents raised me and I am not that person that is described. London? We are all here to play tennis. I really just want to play. These days, as you all know, the attention towards me has shifted to non-sporting issues.
Many have asked me why I kept my mouth shut and said nothing. Although I am very sorry that these allegations have been raised, I must continue to support my initial statement. These allegations are unfounded and false. It makes me sad to know that they manage to have such a strong impact on the world of sport, on the outside and even on me.
I'm sorry that tennis has stopped being the focus, because we are here to play." Coming back to tennis, Zverev then analyzed his group and chose the most complicated opponent he will find in his path, namely Novak Djokovic.
"Novak is a great player on any surface. It is very difficult to beat. When I won the Finals I had to face him twice: the first I lost, the second I won. He is definitely the favorite of our group. To beat him you have to do your best and be continuous."