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Alexander Zverev Shines At Laver Cup But Domestic Abuse Allegations Still Cast A Shadow

The team event has done their best to stay clear of the claims but that is easier said than done.

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Cheers and joys erupted around the TD Garden Arena on Saturday after Alexander Zverev prevailed in what was a marathon clash at the Laver Cup which lasted more than two hours.

 

The world No.4 edged out John Isner to strengthen Team Europe’s lead in the tie as they seek to win the competition for a fourth time in a row. Immediately afterwards he was congratulated by his team mates which included the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini. On the court there is nothing troublesome about Zverev and his game. However, some would say the German is the most controversial figure in the entire competition.

Despite the matches he plays or number of wins he achieves on the Tour, the allegations made by Zverev’s former partner continue to haunt him – whether he wants them to or not. It started more than a year ago when Olga Sharypova alleged she was physically and emotionally abused by the tennis star. Then just days before the 2021 US Open, a second interview was published by slate.com where she made further claims.

“When I got out of the shower, I was starting to take a towel and he came and said, ‘Pack your stuff right now and leave “I’m just like, ‘OK, can you wait a few minutes please? I’m naked here.’ Sharypova commented on one incident she said happened during the 2019 Shanghai Masters.
“He started to punch me, and this time I understand that I can’t be dough for punching.”

Although it is during the 2019 Laver Cup in Geneva that the most shocking statement was made. Sharypova says the abuse drove her to make a suicide attempt at that time. It was alleged that an official was called to help with the situation but there has never been any public confirmation or comment concerning this. The Laver Cup has done their best to avoid the situation but when they posted a quote on social media from Zverev, it prompted some backlash.

It is important to note that Zverev has never been convicted of domestic abuse and his former partner says she has no intention to take it to court. Sharypova said her goal was to bring awareness about the issue. On multiple occasions Zverev has said the comments are untrue and he ‘categorically denies’ them. It is understood that his legal team in Germany tried to prevent the publication of the Slate interview but details of that case are not publicly known.

Whilst there has been no conviction, Zverev continues to face awkward and tough situations. During the first day of this year’s Laver Cup, Denis Shapovalov said he heard Zverev saying that Team World’s win in the doubles will be the last point they win in the tie. Prompting a fierce response from John McEnroe and his team who were heard speaking about the comment.

McEnroe: “Fuck this guy.”
Isner: “He said that? Fuck him…”
Schwartzman: “What did he say?”
McEnroe: “He said that’s the last point we’re gonna win.”
Opelka: “He also said he’s innocent.”
McEnroe: “Yeah, good point.”

Opelka’s remark was in reference to the allegations made against Zverev.

Meanwhile, prestigious TV presenter and former player Mary Carillo reportedly quit her broadcasting role during the Laver Cup due to Zverev due to what she describes as ‘whitewashing.’ Carillo’s comment was first reported by Ben Rothenberg who is the journalist that spoke with Sharypova.

“In the end, I just felt like I’d be complicit in the whitewashing of very serious allegations. I couldn’t be part of it.” She said.

As for the Laver Cup, they find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Zverev is one of the best players in the world so to exclude him from the event without having evidence proving that he has committed domestic abuse could be a legal nightmare. However, brushing such allegations under the carpet is also damaging to their reputation. Some social media users said they have been blocked by the tournament when mentioning Sharypova’s comments on their posts.

Clearly there is no easy way out when something as serious as this arises. The only hope is that whatever happens in the future the truth will prevail.

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Filip Krajinovic To Skip Australian Open If Required To Quarantine For More Than Five Days

The world No.34 says he ‘sees no reason’ why vaccinated players should have to go through a long quarentine in Australia.

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The second highest-ranked Serbian player in men’s tennis says it would be ‘unacceptable’ for organisers of the Australian Open to require players to quarantine for more than a week if they have been fully vaccinated.

 

Filip Krajinovic has become the first player to publicly state that they will not be prepared to travel to Melbourne at the end of this season if they have to go through strict quarantine measures once again. All the players who participated in this year’s Australian Open were required to be quarantined in a designated hotel for 14 days upon arrival in the country. During their stay they were allowed to use training facilities but that was the only time they could leave the premises unless there was an emergency.

There is no final decision regarding the travel requirements for the 2022 tournament but there are concerns that unvaccinated players may not be allowed to enter the country. The Victorian government recently issued a mandate ordering all essential workers to be vaccinated, including athletes. However, the regional government will not have the final say concerning tennis players arriving in the country with the national government being the ones in charge of that decision.

“They are very rigorous there and honestly, if I have to be in quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Melbourne, I will not go to Australia,” Krajinovic told Serbian newspaper Blic.
“I was vaccinated, I did everything in my power to protect myself and the people around me, so I really see no reason to sit there for 14 days in a room.’
“If they (the organisers) say that after arrival I need, say, five days to be in isolation, that’s OK for me, but anything beyond that is unacceptable to me. With the season ending late, I will have 20 days to get ready and go. Charter flights will be organized again and the last one is planned for December 28 for the players and that is the final date when I can go to Australia. I will see what the final decision from Melbourne will be, so I will cut what is the best thing to do.”

Earlier this week Victoria’s Sports minister Martin Pakula urged players to be vaccinated because it give them ‘the best opportunity to play in the Australian Open.’ It is expected that if unvaccinated players are allowed to attend, they will be subjected to stricter restrictions. This might include a longer quarantine period upon arrival and limitations of where they can go during their stay.

Last year, all of those players had to do their 14 days of quarantine. Right now there looks like there will be different rules for people who enter this country who are vaccinated as against unvaccinated and I don’t think the tennis will be any exception to that.” Pakula told the Sports Entertainment Network (SEN).
“In terms of what rules apply for people to enter Australia, whether unvaccinated people are allowed in at all, I don’t the answer to that yet. That’s going to be the subject of discussion at national cabinet and among the federal cabinet … those rules are not set by state governments.” He added.

Krajinovic is currently ranked 34th in the world and has a win-loss record this season of 18-18. At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells he reached the second round before falling in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev. His best run so far this year was at the Hamburg Open where he reached the final.

“When we look at the whole of 2021, I played one final, one semifinal, there were good victories, but also worse results,” the 29-year-old commented.

Krajinovic is currently without a coach but is currently in ‘negotiations’ with somebody without elaborating further about who that person is.

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Alexander Zverev Secures Place In ATP Finals With Indian Wells Win

Zverev will be seeking to win the season-ending extravaganza for the second time in his career.

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Germany’s Alexander Zverev has become the fourth player to officially qualify for the ATP Finals after reaching the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

 

The world No.4 defeated America’s Jenson Brooksby 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, in his second round match on Sunday which pushed him over the points threshold to secure his spot in the end-of-season event. It is the fifth year in a row he has qualified for the ATP Finals which he won back in 2018. He is one of only three German players to ever win the title after Boris Becker and Michael Stich.

This year’s tournament will take place in Turin, Italy for the first time in history after being held at The O2 Arena in London for more than a decade. Only the eight highest ranked players are eligible to play in the round-robin tournament which has on offer up to 1500 rankings points for an undefeated champion.

“My first time in Turin. I’ve been to London four times before. London is obviously very special to me because I won there, as well. I think the stadium is incredible, one of the most special events that we had,” Zverev told reporters on Sunday.
“But I also love playing in Italy. I had great success in Italy. I won my first Masters in Rome. I’m looking forward to being there. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Italian fans. It’s going to be a great week.”

The 24-year-old approaches the final quarter of this season with four titles already won this year. He has won two Masters 1000 trophies, an ATP 500 event in Mexico and a gold medal in singles at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Zverev, who has recorded seven wins over top 10 players, also reached the semi-finals at both the French Open and US Open.

Zverev joins Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas as the players who have qualified for the ATP Finals so far. It is the third straight season the quartet has qualified for the event.

This year’s ATP Finals will get underway on November 14th. Medvedev is the defending champion.

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Denis Shapovalov Advances After Pospisil Retires In Indian Wells

The battle of the two Canadians didn’t go as planned…

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Vasek Pospisil faced off against his fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and it was the world number 13 who got the win after the Vernon native pulled out due to an injury whilst trailing 0-3.

 

It was a rough start for Pospisil who seemed to struggle with his serve in the opening game of the match and double-faulted twice in a row to give the early break and Shapovalov had no issues consolidating the break.

Shapovalov continued to apply pressure on the Pospisil serve and after saving two breakpoints the world number 68 pulled up after a serve and stopped play, calling for the trainer. He ended up taking a medical timeout off the court and a couple of minutes later returned to court. Pospisil was broken once again and the following game after a couple of returns decided to call it quits.

” It was pretty awful…and if I’m being honest I am shaking a bit…It really sucks I hope it’s nothing serious…He’s a great guy he’s a real warrior he’s fought back from some injuries surgeries to such a great level.” Shapovalov said of his compatriot.

Shapovalov will face 19th seed Aslan Karatsev in the next round after the Russian thrashed Salvatore Caruso 6-2, 6-0.

In the other results of the day sixth seeed Casper Ruud dominated Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-2, Roberto Bautista Agut beat the Argentine Guido Pella 7-5, 6-3 and Sebastien Korda won an all American battle with Frances Tiafoe 6-0, 6-4.

Finally, Diego Schwartzman needed three sets to beat another American in Maxime Cressy winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

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