Alexander Zverev: ATP says no disciplinary action to be taken against tennis star following probe into allegations of abuse
The ATP Tour announced on Tuesday that no disciplinary action will be taken against Alexander Zverev after finding insufficient evidence to substantiate published allegations of misconduct.
In October 2021, the ATP, the governing body of men’s professional tennis, said it was launching an investigation following allegations of domestic abuse by Zverev’s ex-girlfriend, Olya Sharipova.
The investigation was handled by The Lake Forest Group (LFG), ATP’s outside legal counsel, Smith Hulsey & Bussey, who served as an intermediary.
“After a detailed 15-month process, LFG submitted its full report to ATP,” An ATP release states.
“Based on a lack of credible evidence and eyewitness reports, in addition to conflicting statements by Sharipova, Zverev and other interviewees, the investigation was unable to substantiate allegations of abuse, or determine whether the ATP was on-site. Violations of offenses or major offenses by the player. Rule done.
“As a result, no disciplinary action will be taken against Zverev by the ATP. However this determination may be re-evaluated if new evidence comes to light, or if a legal proceeding reveals a violation of the ATP Rules. Zverev has consistently denied all allegations and supported the ATP’s investigation.
ATP CEO Massimo Calvelli said: “The seriousness and complexity of these allegations require a very thorough investigative process and considerable resources. This also required us to turn to special investigators, which was a new basis for ATP.
“We ultimately believe that a thorough process was necessary to reach an informed decision. It has also shown us the need to be more responsive on security matters. That is why we have taken steps in that direction, much important work is still to be done.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Zverev said: “From the beginning, I have maintained my innocence and denied the baseless accusations leveled against me. I welcome and fully support ATP’s investigation and am grateful for the organization’s time and attention in this matter.
“This decision marks a third, impartial, third-party arbitrator who has reviewed all relevant information and rendered a clear and informed decision in my favor on this matter. In addition to ATP’s independent investigation, I have also initiated court proceedings in Germany and Russia, which I have won.
He added: “I’m grateful that it’s finally resolved and my priority now is to recover from the injury and focus on what I love most in the world, tennis. I’m sorry to my friends, family and fans. Thank you for your continued support. We have followed a long and difficult process and justice has prevailed.
Sharipova has yet to comment on the ATP’s decision.