LONDON — German tennis participant Alexander Zverev is not going to face disciplinary motion after an investigation into home abuse allegations towards him discovered “inadequate proof” to substantiate the claims, the lads’s skilled tour stated Tuesday.
The ATP had commissioned the investigation in October 2021 after Zverev’s former girlfriend, Olya Sharypova, accused the 2020 U.S. Open runner-up of abuse.
“Primarily based on an absence of dependable proof and eyewitness studies, along with conflicting statements by Sharypova, Zverev and different interviewees, the investigation was unable to substantiate the allegations of abuse, or decide that violations of ATP’s On-Website Offenses or Participant Main Offenses guidelines happened,” the ATP stated in an announcement.
Zverev, who gained the singles gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics, has all the time denied the accusations. The 25-year-old participant is at present ranked 14th.
Though no disciplinary motion shall be taken, the ATP stated it could reevaluate the dedication “ought to new proof come to mild, or ought to any authorized proceedings reveal violations of ATP guidelines.”
The 15-month investigation was performed by Illinois-based Lake Forest Group and included interviews of greater than two-dozen individuals and opinions of textual content messages, audio information, and photographs submitted by Sharypova and Zverev.
“This included supplies voluntarily extracted from Zverev’s digital gadgets through a third-party forensic skilled,” the ATP stated.
The investigation appeared primarily into accusations of abuse on the ATP Masters 1000 occasion in Shanghai in 2019 but additionally included “purported misconduct in different places, together with Monaco, New York and Geneva, as referenced in public reporting.”
In the end, investigators “discovered inadequate proof to substantiate printed allegations of abuse,” the governing physique stated.
ATP CEO Massimo Calvelli stated turning to specialist investigators was “new floor” for the tour.
“We finally consider the exhaustive course of was obligatory to succeed in an knowledgeable judgement,” he stated in a ready assertion. “It has additionally proven the necessity for us to be extra responsive on safeguarding issues. It’s the purpose we have taken steps in that course, with a whole lot of essential work nonetheless forward.”