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Alexander Zverev to face trial during French Open over domestic abuse allegations

Posted : 16 January 2024

German tennis player Alexander Zverev is set to face trial during this year's French Open over allegations of domestic abuse, with the hearing scheduled to begin on May 31.


 Zverev was previously given a penalty order and fined in November after being accused of physically abusing his ex-girlfriend. The player denies the charges and has contested the order, maintaining his legal innocence until a final ruling. The trial is expected to span eight days, starting on May 31, and Zverev does not have to appear in person.


While maintaining his innocence, Zverev faced questions about the appropriateness of continuing on the ATP player council during a news conference after his win at the Australian Open. He expressed confidence that he has the support of his fellow competitors.


The French Open, where Zverev has reached the semi-finals in the past three years, is scheduled to begin on May 26, overlapping with the trial dates. Zverev's legal team has criticized the evidence against him as "incomprehensible and contradictory," and the trial could potentially extend into July.


The Tiergarten district court in Berlin revealed that the trial would take place on several dates, including June 7, 11, 18, and 21, with additional dates in July. Zverev, currently ranked sixth in the world, won his first-round match at the Australian Open on Tuesday.


The penalty order issued to Zverev included a 450,000 euro fine, and if found guilty, this penalty is likely to remain. Zverev's legal team, Schertz Bergmann, stated that they would defend the case with "all the means at his disposal." The trial is a significant development as it involves a high-profile athlete facing legal scrutiny for alleged domestic abuse.


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