Australian Open stars react to Alexander Zverev domestic abuse claims

Alexander Zverev is accused of physically abusing his ex-girlfriend (Picture: Getty)

Australian Open players were quizzed about Alexander Zverev’s domestic abuse allegations on Tuesday, including British No.1 Cameron Norrie.

German tennis star Zverev, ranked world No.6, faces a trial over the allegations during this year’s French Open, with the hearing set to start on May 31.

Zverev was given a penalty order and fined after being accused of physically abusing his ex-girlfriend in November.

The 26-year-old, who is currently in action at the Australian Open and is a member of the ATP players’ council, denies the allegations.

Zverev gave a series of frosty responses over the trail when asked about it in his press-conference on Tuesday following his first-round win over Dominik Koepfer.

Quizzed if it was appropriate for him to continue on the ATP players’ council, Zverev said: ‘Why would it not be?’

Asked if he had the support of his fellow players to remain in the role, he added: ‘Yeah, I think so.

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Alexander Zverev faces Lukas Klein in the second round (Picture: Getty)

‘I mean, I think so. Nobody has said anything to me. I don’t have a reason not to believe that.’

In response to those who have said he should not be playing at all, Zverev said: ‘Like who?

‘Journalists are saying that, some, who are actually interested more in this story to write about and more about the clicks than the actual truth.’

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Alexander Zverev beat Dominik Koepfer in his opening match (Picture: Getty)

His fellow ATP stars were reluctant to discuss the allegations in their respective post-match press conferences.

British No.1 Norrie said: ‘Yeah, honestly, I don’t know too much about that. I can’t comment at all, unfortunately. I don’t really know what happened, so it’s tough to comment.’

Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov, asked about Zverev remaining on the ATP players’ council, added: ‘I think this is a matter that I think everyone needs to sit down together and discuss all of that.

‘That’s my message on that end. Of course now these things are coming through, personally, I did not know. I’m sure if you ask all the other guys, it’s something that if it’s needed, I guess we are all going to sit down and talk about it.’

World No.7 Stefanos Tsitsipas said: ‘I will not say on that. I don’t know the situation. I’m completely unfamiliar with it. I have nothing to comment.’

World No.11 Casper Ruud added: ‘I haven’t had too much time to think about it, and don’t really have an opinion right now. But yeah, I’m not really sure how to react to it, so I won’t give you a good answer. Sorry.’


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