Alexander Zverev says he will continue to deny the domestic abuse allegations made by his ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova on the eve of the ATP Finals.
On Thursday Zverev was drawn in a tough group with world No 1 Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and tournament debutant Diego Schwartzman.
But on Friday, in his pre-tournament press conference, the German was pressed to address the claims made by Sharypova in an explosive interview with Racquet Magazine.
The pair dated for 13 months and Sharypova alleged she tried to commit suicide after abuse from Zverev.
Zverev issued a denial on his Instagram account and the ATP have stated they will review the matter once ‘legal authorities investigate and due process is applied’.
However, in his media briefing, the 23-year-old insisted ‘false accusations’ had been made against him.
“Look, we are all here to play tennis. I am looking forward to playing, I really do, but the last few days as you know the focus has shifted a little bit to the off court,” Zverev said.
“Many people have asked me why I kept my mouth shut, why I didn’t say anything, why I kept it shut.
“While I very much regret that those allegations have been made, I have to stick to my initial thing of them being untrue and continue to deny them. These accusations are just unfounded, untrue.
“We had our ups and downs, but the way our relationship was described in the public is not how it was.
“That’s not who I am, not how I was raised by my parents, not simply who I am as a person.
“It makes me sad that the impact of such accusations can have on the sport, on the outside world, on myself as well.
“I truly apologise that the focus has shifted away from the sport.
“We all love playing tennis, that is what we are here to do, all we are here to focus on. Unfortunately, as I said, it has shifted.
“I am looking forward to playing here for the last time in London. I have to keep denying them as they are just untrue and it is sad to see those unfounded accusations can make such a big impact on everything.”
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