Alexander Zverev confidently dismisses any assault trial concerns amid big RG run

Zverev says everything is going fine after reaching the French Open semifinal.

by Dzevad Mesic
Alexander Zverev confidently dismisses any assault trial concerns amid big RG run
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Alexander Zverev insists he remains at full peace regarding his assault trial as the German tennis star says everything is going perfectly fine and he didn't have a single worry about his French Open participation. 

Zverev, seeded at No. 4, continued his promising French Open run on Wednesday when he ousted Alex de Minaur 6-4 7-6 (5) 6-4 to reach the semifinal. For 27-year-old Zverev, this is impressively his fourth consecutive semifinal at Roland Garros. 

But this year, Zverev is having a deep French Open run in the midst of a legal case surrounding him taking place in Germany. Last Friday, Zverev's assault appeal hearing started in Berlin. After the opening hearing last Friday, alleged victim Brenda Patea gave a testimony on Monday. On both occasions, Zverev was not in the courtroom - but only because the judge allowed him to be represented by his lawyers and decide if he wanted to show up or not. 

Zverev may be having a great French Open campaign but a certain group of people keep pointing out at his trial taking place back home and claiming that the German being allowed to be in this position is just wrong. 

"No, they made it very clear to me from the beginning that I wouldn't have to be there. I think everything is going in the right direction. Everything is going great on my part, from my point of view. There's not much more to say," Zverev said.

Before the tournament started, some requested the tennis authorities to ban Zverev from competing while his trial was ongoing. Addressing that, Zverev acknowledges he has heard that but adds that he never felt his French Open participation was in jeopardy.

"No. Why? There's no reason," Zverev said.

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What French Open director said about the Zverev case?

As mentioned above, there was a group of people who didn't want Zverev competing at Roland Garros this year. And when the tournament started, French Open tournament director Amelie Mauresmo was asked to address the issue and explain why the German tennis player was allowed to play. 

"So far, our policy is that, as long as the trial isn't finished and there isn't a decision, he's considered innocent and so that's why he's allowed to be part of the draw. And as far as the trial is concerned, we're not going to comment on anything because the trial is happening so we're going to respect that," Mauresmo said at the start of the tournament.

At the start of the French Open, Zverev insisted he was absolutely unbothered by the start of his trial taking place simultaneously as the French Open. When claiming that, Zverev also said part of that was stemming from his belief in the German system and his innocence. 

"At the end of the day, I do believe in the German system. I do believe in the truth as well. I have to be certain that, you know, I do know what I did, I do know what I didn't do. That's, at the end of the day, what's going to come out, and I have to trust in that," Zverev said before the start of the French Open.

At the time, Zverev also very directly stated that he would win his trial.

"I do believe that I'm not going to lose this procedure. There's absolutely no chance I am. That's why I can play calmly," Zverev said.

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Zverev focused on his next match

When the clay season started, Zverev wasn't really impressive and he didn't do particularly well in his first three tournaments. But since then, Zverev has won the Rome Masters and he has also won his opening five matches at Roland Garros, pushing his winning streak to 11 matches. 

In his next match, Zverev is set to battle against two-time French Open finalist Casper Ruud, who beat the German in the semifinal at Roland Garros last year. And while Zverev is probably feeling a bit tired after playing a lot of tennis lately, he underlines that against Ruud he plans to give his absolute best.

“I have the mindset you have to work harder than everyone else to be the best player,” Zverev said after beating de Minaur.

“I like to work to my absolute limit. If I do that then playing five sets all of a sudden is not that difficult.

“I’ve been doing that over many years and I’m happy to be in another semi-final. Hopefully I can win one.”

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It remains to be seen if Zverev can beat Ruud and finally make his first French Open final in his fourth semifinal at Roland Garros.

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