Tennis News: Andy Murray has appreciated the ATP’s investigation into allegations of domestic violence levelled against Alexander Zverev.
The governing body declared on Tuesday that it was investigating charges made by Zverev’s ex-girlfriend Olga Sharapova that the world number four punched her in their hotel room during the 2019 Shanghai Masters.
Last October, the Russian former junior player went public with a number of charges against Zverev, which the 24-year-old categorically denied.
He maintains his innocence, but pressure has been mounting for the ATP to take action, with Murray one of the few male players actively advocating for action.
The ATP also stated that an independent safeguarding report commissioned to identify the next steps in how the organisation handles such situations had been completed.
“I think now you have to try to look at the positives of what’s come from that and, yes, it’s taken a little bit too long, but now there is going to be a process in place and protocols in place when allegations like that are made,” Murray said ahead of his first match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
Zverev expressed his hope that the inquiry will enable him to prove his innocence, saying: “To be honest, it was bloody at the end. I’ve been asking myself these questions for months. Because it’s really difficult for me to clear my name, and only with something like this can I do it totally.
“It’s especially difficult in my circumstance since the man isn’t often believed. I’ve shown my innocence in a variety of ways, and I’m hoping that with this investigation, we’ll be able to put this behind us and move on with our lives.
“I’ve had one of the most unbelievable seasons a young man has had in maybe the previous ten years. And it’s something that’s gone a little lost.”
Indian Wells is the latest in a string of tournaments for Murray, whose body is finally enabling him to compete on the tour on a weekly basis.
What he hasn’t been able to do is string wins together, with a quarter-final performance in Metz last month being the only occasion he has won two matches in a row outside of Wimbledon.
“The matches that I’ve lost, excepting Winston-Salem, are [against players] in the top 15 in the world – (Stefanos) Tsitsipas, (Hubert) Hurkacz, Casper Ruud,” the 34-year-old remarked.
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