'Inappropriate': ATP Refuses To Comment On Zverev Receiving 450,000€ Fine For Assault

'Inappropriate': ATP Refuses To Comment On Zverev Receiving 450,000€ Fine For Assault

by Zachary Wimer

Alexander Zverev is facing assault allegations from his ex-girlfriend, Brenda Patea, and the ATP refused to comment on the situation.

When the news broke of Alexander Zverev being fined 450,000€ for assault, the ATP Tour was left with a decision. The Times has released a statement from the ATP, which says that the association doesn't want to comment on the court order, as the legal proceedings are still ongoing.

At the core of this incident is a violent argument that reportedly took place in May 2020 in Berlin, involving Zverev and his former partner, Brenda Patea.

Patea, who is also the mother of Zverev's daughter, has accused the tennis star of physical assault during the altercation. In response, Zverev has vehemently denied the allegations.

The organization’s Code of Conduct clearly outlines the expectations for player behavior, both on and off the court. However, the ATP has historically been criticized for its lack of consistency in enforcing these standards. In this case, the ATP finds itself at a crossroads.

"We are aware of the allegations against Alexander Zverev and the recent court order in Germany. As legal proceedings are still ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment at this stage."

ATP's statement

In the past, Zverev has already refuted claims made by Olya Sharypova, a different ex-girlfriend. In January this year, the ATP concluded its 15-month investigation into these claims, citing "insufficient evidence" to support further action.

With Zverev facing the charges, it's the ATP that many fans call out for not punishing the German in any way, as they would deem it appropriate. Yet, since the German plans to challenge the court's ruling, it's not yet official, and that's why the ATP also doesn't want to comment.

For now, despite dealing with a lot in his private life, Zverev can focus on his tennis and challenge for a spot at the 2023 ATP Finals in Turin, which he's close to getting as he's the seventh player in the 2023 ATP Race.


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