The ATP Tour introduced Tuesday that there shall be no disciplinary motion taken towards Alexander Zverev after an investigation discovered inadequate proof to substantiate printed allegations of abuse.
In October 2021, the ATP, the governing physique for males’s skilled tennis, stated it was launching an investigation after home abuse allegations had been made by Zverev’s former girlfriend, Olya Sharypova.
The investigation was dealt with by The Lake Forest Group (LFG) with the ATP’s exterior authorized counsel, Smith Hulsey & Busey, serving as an middleman.
“Following an exhaustive 15-month course of, LFG submitted its full report back to ATP,” an ATP launch states.
“Primarily based on an absence of dependable proof and eyewitness studies, along with conflicting statements by Sharypova, Zverev and different interviewees, the investigation was unable to substantiate the allegations of abuse, or decide that violations of ATP’s On-Web site Offenses or Participant Main Offenses guidelines occurred.
“Consequently, no disciplinary motion towards Zverev shall be taken by ATP. This willpower might nevertheless be reevaluated ought to new proof come to gentle, or ought to any authorized proceedings reveal violations of ATP guidelines. Zverev has persistently denied all allegations and supported ATP’s investigation.”
ATP CEO Massimo Calvelli stated: “The seriousness and complexity of those allegations required an especially thorough investigative course of and appreciable sources. It additionally required us to show to specialist investigators, which was new floor for ATP.
“We in the end imagine the exhaustive course of was obligatory to achieve an knowledgeable judgement. It has additionally proven the necessity for us to be extra responsive on safeguarding issues. It’s the motive we’ve taken steps in that route, with quite a lot of essential work nonetheless forward.”
Neither Sharypova or Zverev have commented but on the ATP ruling.