Andy Murray urges ATP to create a domestic abuse policy following allegations of violence made against Alex Zverev by his former girlfriend so tennis ‘can be a bit more proactive in a situation like that’
- Alexander Zverev is facing allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-girlfriend
- Olga Sharypova claims she tried to commit suicide after Zverev punched her
- The star remains dogged by the allegations of domestic abuse which he denies
Former world No 1 Andy Murray has joined Novak Djokovic in urging men’s tennis governing body ATP to come up with a policy on domestic abuse following allegations made against German Alexander Zverev by his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova.
In an interview, former tennis player Sharypova said Zverev was emotionally and physically abusive to her. The US Open runner-up has repeatedly denied the allegations.
In a delayed response to the allegations against the 23-year-old Zverev, the ATP said it condemned ‘any form of violence or abuse’.
Andy Murray has called for the ATP to set up a domestic abuse policy in wake of allegations made against German tennis player Alex Zverev by his former girlfriend
Zverev has been subjected to allegations of domestic violence from his ex Olga Sharypova
Top-ranked Serbian Djokovic, who resigned as ATP’s player council chief earlier this year, last week said that the ATP should look to adopt its own policy on domestic abuse, similar to those in American sports, regardless of legal proceedings.
‘I don’t know how long it was, but it certainly was not immediate,’ Murray, a three-time Grand Slam winner, said of ATP’s response to the Zverev situation. ‘But I have read some stuff, and obviously tennis doesn’t have a domestic abuse policy.
‘That is something we as a sport should be looking into, so the ATP know what to do in that situation, rather than having to think and react to it.
‘They can be a bit more proactive in a situation like that. They need to take it extremely seriously and see what comes of it in the coming months.’
Sharypova (pictured with Zverev) claims she tried to commit suicide after he hit her
Zverev has denied the charges of abusive behaviour which surfaced earlier this month
Sharypova posted on her Instagram story that she knew she was the one telling the truth after she claimed he had hit her head against a wall and had tried to choke her at last year’s US Open
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