Murray Castigates ATP For Lack Of Domestic Assault Policy In Wake Of Zverev Trial

Murray Castigates ATP For Lack Of Domestic Assault Policy In Wake Of Zverev Trial

by Nurein Ahmed

Andy Murray is unimpressed that tennis players have continually been questioned in response to Alexander Zverev's ongoing trial over domestic abuse allegations.

Murray was recently competing at Roland Garros, where his campaign ended in the first round. He was beaten by Stan Wawrinka in straight sets in singles in his first appearance at the clay-court Grand Slam since 2020.

He partnered with Daniel Evans in doubles, where they were given a main draw wild card, but they could not leave a mark on the tournament. They exited in the first-round stage after a 7-6, 7-6 defeat to the South American pair of Sebastian Baez and Thiago Seyboth Wild.

In his press conference, Murray was asked to comment on Zverev's trial, which began on Friday, and he is accused of physically assaulting his former girlfriend, Brenda Patea.

The German ATP star was issued a penalty and fined 450,000€ late last year. Zverev has denied the accusations and charges and lodged an appeal through his lawyers. He is currently competing at the French Open and has been allowed to not attend the hearing in person.

Murray believes that it is high time that the men's governing body, ATP, and not the players, should address the issue and have a policy in place for such situations.

"I've been asked about that a few years ago on the ATP's kind of policy around those sorts of situation. Clearly it's a difficult one. The players shouldn't be the one coming here and making comment on it, it's the ATP that should make a decision and make the policy for what that would look like."

"And I don't think they did a particularly good job over the last few years with in terms of these situations, when you might ask me about that in press, it's not for us to come up with what those policies are. It's for the governing body to make that decision."


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