Djokovic unhappy about Zverev due to extrajudicial issues By Reuters
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By Martyn Herman
LONDON (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic expressed his condolences to Alexander Zverev for his problems off the tennis court after the German was accused of domestic abuse by an ex-girlfriend.
World number seven, Zverev, has repeatedly denied the allegations made by Olga Sharypova, who stated she had no intention of bringing charges.
“We don’t know what really happened. I mean, we’ll obviously find out,” said Djokovic, the world’s number 1, to reporters after his 6: 3: 7: 6 (4) win over Zverev in the O2 Arena on Friday.
“I’ve known Sascha for a very long time, since he was very young. I’ve always had a great relationship with him. Very nice guy. I have great respect for him, his family.
“So I was sad to hear and know that he was going through something like this. I don’t know what happened. Of course I mean, obviously I don’t support any kind of violence. So we’ll have to wait and see.”
The 23-year-old German Zverev described the allegations as “unfounded and untrue”. Without legal investigation, the men’s ATP Tour would be unlikely to intervene.
The ATP condemned “any form of violence or abuse”.
“In circumstances where allegations of violence or abuse are made against a member of the tour, the judicial authorities investigate the due process and then decide on the appropriate course of action,” the governing body for men’s tennis said in a statement last week.
Djokovic was asked whether the ATP should have its own domestic abuse policy, similar to American sports, regardless of legal proceedings.
“Yeah, I mean, why not? It should probably be there. But I think it wasn’t developed and it wasn’t there because we just didn’t have cases like that,” said Djokovic, who was formerly President of the ATP Players’ Council before resigning earlier this year to form a breakaway association.
“I haven’t heard that we might have top players in such cases. Perhaps such a case inspires ATP to do something like that in a way.”
US Open runner-up Zverev was asked if he would focus on clearing his name after the season ended.
“What else can I say? I’ve said all I can. It’s very unfortunate that these types of false accusations can do such damage and divert attention from the sport, but unfortunately, it’s the world we live in right now.” .
“I can’t do anything anymore.”
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