Last year former junior player Olga Sharipova accused Alexander Sverev of physical and emotional abuse.. Instagram
Tennis Tour leaders on Monday launched an investigation into allegations of domestic abuse made by Olympic champion Alexander Sverev by his ex-girlfriend. Last year former junior player Olga Sharipova accused the German of being the fourth physical and emotional abuse in the world, Sverev denied. Further details of her claims were published in the August issue of the online magazine Slate, prompting Sverev, 24, to issue a statement denying Sharifo’s “definitive and unequivocal” abuse. He also initiated legal action.
One of the allegations refers to an alleged attack during the 2019 Shanghai Masters.
The ATP, the governing body for men’s professional tennis rounds, said it had launched an investigation.
“An internal investigation into the allegations against Alexander Sverev at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Shanghai in 2019 is currently underway,” the ATP said in a statement.
“The ATP fully condemns any form of violence or abuse and will investigate allegations such as ATP membership.”
ATP CEO Massimo Calvelli said: “The allegations against Alexander Sverev are serious and we have a responsibility to address them.
“We hope that our investigation will allow us to establish the facts and determine the next steps. Sverev welcomes our investigation and acknowledges that he has denied all allegations.
“We will monitor further legal developments following the initial injunction against Sverre in the German courts.”
The ATP does not currently have a domestic violence policy applicable to those in certain sports leagues, but an independent report on safety on Monday announced that it would include several recommendations.
It said it would examine the report and develop a security strategy for all matters related to abuse, including domestic violence.
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