Alexander Zverev is about to face Novak Djokovic in a tasty US Open semifinal. Unfortunately, Sascha has been haunted for a couple of years by a horrible accusation of domestic violence from his former girlfriend, Olya Sharypova. It’s important to stress that the accusations are unproven, and Zverev has always strongly denied them. However, many tend to believe that there was some wrongdoing by the German player.
Navratilova and Courier
During his match against Lloyd Harris, tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Jim Courier expressed their opinion about the accusations. Both said that while they were unproven, they tend to believe Sharypova.
Courier introduced the argument saying:
“An ex-girlfriend of his accused him of domestic abuse. No criminal charges have been filed. She was interviewed, stories were written. Zverev hired lawyers to obtain injunctions against the girlfriend and the writer of the article. It’s been sort of a no man’s land, because she hasn’t pressed charges. There’s been no solution.”
Jim Courier & Martina Navratilova discussing the Alexander Zverev domestic abuse allegations during his US Open QF. (Part 1)
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Martina Navratilova added that these issues need to be addressed:
“Yeah, you can only hide for so long. The tennis court is a safe haven, but eventually, these issues need to be addressed. That kind of stuff will eat at you. Who knows what the truth is? It’s a “he said she said situation”. But it needs to be addressed. There can be no tolerance for that kind of behavior. Hope it’s not true. I want to believe Sascha, but I tend to believe the woman.”
Courier added: “Me too.”
Zverev at the U.S. Open, ranking, and results in 2021
Currently the world no.4, Zverev achieved a composed 43-11 record in 2021. The German is playing at the U.S. Open where he toppled Sam Querrey 6-4 7-5 6-2, Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1 6-0 6-3, Jack Sock 3-6 6-2 6-3 2-1 ret., Jannik Sinner 6-4 6-4 7-67 and Lloyd Harris 7-66 6-3 6-4.
The German has won 4 titles in 2021 in Acapulco, in Madrid, in Tokyo and in Cincinnati.
Alexander won 17 titles in his career: 6 on hard courts, 6 on clay courts and 5 on indoor courts. (See the list of his titles)
Djokovic at the U.S. Open, ranking, and results in 2021
Ranked no.1, the Serbian owns a composed 43-5 win-loss record in 2021. The Serbian is now playing at the U.S. Open where he bested Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune 6-1 6-75 6-2 6-1, Tallon Griekspoor 6-2 6-3 6-2, Kei Nishikori 6-74 6-3 6-3 6-2, Jenson Brooksby 1-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 and Matteo Berrettini 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-3.
The Serbian conquered 4 titles in 2021 at the Australian Open, in Belgrade, at the French Open and in Wimbledon. Djokovic reached the final in Rome (Internazionali BNL d’Italia).
Djokovic won 85 titles in his career: 48 on hard courts, 17 on clay courts, 13 on indoor courts and 7 on grass courts. (See the list of his titles)
Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic faced off 9 times. Their head to head is 6-3 for Djokovic. Previously, the last time when they fought against each other, Alexander Zverev won 1-6 6-3 6-1 in the semifinal in Tokyo (Olympics) on the 30th of July 2021.