Alexander Zverev, who has steadfastly denied his ex-girlfriend’s claims that he physically abused her, said Tuesday at the U.S. Open he is done talking about the matter. The German star said discussing it over and over is bad for his mental health, and suggested he’s planning to take legal action.
“I have said everything. I think my statement was very, very clear, and I think the German court system is also very clear. Just because we’re not in Germany right now doesn’t mean that the court system is not great. I have said everything before,” said Zverev, who beat Sam Querry 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 Tuesday. “And there is going to be also further proceedings from my side, because I will not let that sit on me, and that’s it.
“I’m not going to comment on it any further, because to be honest, I’ve been dealing with it for a long time now. And you guys need to be fair to me as well, because we are talking about mental health and all that to players, and this is not healthy for me either. I’m very happy with how things went in the past few days, few weeks. I think a lot of people try to twist what I said and try to twist my words on that statement, but I think it was very, very clear. That’s it.”
Zverev previously issued a statement that he would initiate proceedings against both the source of the story, his Russian ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova, and the author, who first published in Racquet, then had it picked up by Slate.
Either way, the situation remains unresolved and the ATP Tour has not taken any action against Zverev. For her part, Sharypova said she didn’t want to press charges or pursue a lawsuit against the 24-year-old Olympic gold medalist.
World No. 1 Ash Barty had a tougher second set than expected, but saved a set point and beat former finalist Vera Zvonareva, 6-1, 7-6 (7).
American Mackenzie McDonald knocked out No. 27 seed David Goffin, 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 in more of a paper upset than a form one. Sure, it’s McDonald’s first main draw victory at the U.S. Open in four tries, but he was the Citi Open finalist. Goffin trudged into Flushing Meadows mired in a five-match losing streak. Now it’s six.
Shelby Rogers drilled Madison Brengle, 6-4, 6-0, in just 55 minutes in an all-American affair.
No. 24 Paula Badosa, who was born in New York but lives in Barcelona and represents Spain, cruised past Alison Van Uytvanck, 6-4, 6-3.
American Sebastian Korda was forced to retire in the second set of his first-round match versus Nikoloz Basilashvili, who led, 6-2, 2-1 at the time. Korda opted out of the Tokyo Olympics, and also withdrew from Toronto with a back injury.
British teenager Emma Raducanu closed out a great month. After a stunning run to the Round of 16 at Wimbledon, she got into the Open through qualifying and won her main-draw debut, 6-2, 6-3, over Stefanie Voegele.