Alexander Zverev to face trial on assault charges

Alexander Zverev, of Russia, reacts after losing a point against John Isner during the final at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Alexander Zverev, a German tennis player, will go on trial on May 31 for allegedly abusing his former girlfriend in 2020.

The 26-year-old player, who is now competing in the Australian Open, has filed an appeal against a 450,000 euro ($475,300) fine imposed on him for the attack in October.

The former world number two has not been ordered to appear in court and can simply be represented by his attorneys at the eight scheduled hearings, a Berlin court said late Monday.

He is accused of “physically abusing a woman and damaging her health during an argument”, according to the court.

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The court did not reveal the plaintiff’s name, but Zverev’s defence identified her as Brenda Patea in October.

Zverev has claimed his innocence and rejected the allegations.

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In January 2023, ATP, which runs the men’s tennis tour, closed an investigation into allegations of domestic abuse against Zverev involving a female tennis player after finding insufficient evidence.

The ATP had opened the probe into Zverev in October 2021 following allegations made by his former girlfriend, Olya Sharypova.

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