The German court ordered Alexander Zverev to pay a fine of 450 thousand euros (R$ 2.3 million), in a case relating to accusations of domestic violence against the top 10 tennis player in the world.
In Germany, this type of fine is used to resolve some criminal cases without taking them to trial, as long as the penalty is not contested. As he denied the accusations and contested the decision, Zverev should be tried soon, as the Berlin court said in a statement released this Wednesday.
The 26-year-old German is accused of physically attacking and harming the health of Brenda Patea, his ex-girlfriend and mother of his daughter, during an argument in Berlin in May 2020. Zverev publicly denied the accusations in July this year, when the case came to light when he was asked about the matter during the ATP 500 in Hamburg, in which he was champion.
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The law firm representing Zverev issued a statement on Tuesday saying it rejects the allegations. Furthermore, he claimed that there were ‘procedural irregularities in the case’ and guaranteed that he had ‘expert medical evidence’ that favored the tennis player’s version.
Before this year’s complaint, he had already been accused of domestic violence by another ex-partner, in 2021. In January 2023, the ATP concluded an investigation into the episode and decided not to impose any punishment on the German for not having found ‘evidence’. sufficient information’ about the reported aggression.
A finalist at this year’s US Open and gold medalist at the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, Zverev was once number two in the world, but today he is ranked ninth. This week, he is competing in the Paris Masters 1000, looking for one of the remaining spots for the ATP Finals.
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