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Zverev is fined in new abuse case involving former partner

Alexander Zverev of Germany during a match at the ATP Japan Open tennis tournament in Tokyo this month.

By Jesús Jiménez

Alexander Zverev, the German tennis star accused of physically abusing the mother of his child, was ordered by a court in Berlin to pay a fine in the case, his lawyers said earlier this week.

Zverev, 26, was ordered to pay an undisclosed amount of fines by the criminal court on Tuesday for physically abusing and injuring Brenda Patea, a former partner, during an argument in May 2020. The tennis star denied the charges and objected to the fines, which would likely lead to a trial.

Zverev is among the world’s biggest tennis stars and is ranked sixth among men in career earnings. He has been trailed for years by abuse accusations in a case involving another former partner, Olya Sharypova, a Russian former tennis player, who said that Zverev assaulted her in 2019. Sharypova did not file criminal charges against Zverev.

Officials at the court in Berlin did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday evening.

Lawyers for Zverev said in a statement Tuesday that the tennis player “rejects the accusation made against him,” by Patea, the mother of his daughter, Mayla.

Patea did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday. It was unclear when she filed charges against Zverev.

The Association of Tennis Professionals, the men’s professional tennis tour, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday about the case. Zverev was scheduled to play in the Paris Masters tournament Wednesday.

Allegations of assault made by Sharypova prompted the ATP to launch a 15-month investigation. The ATP announced in January that there was not enough evidence to substantiate claims made against Zverev. The ATP’s investigation came months after allegations against Zverev had been made public and after complaints from players who called on the ATP to address the matter.

No disciplinary action has ever been taken against Zverev, who was allowed to play throughout the investigation.

Zverev, of Hamburg, Germany, joined the men’s professional tour in 2013 and has since won 21 titles, though he has yet to win a major tournament. He is ranked No. 9 in the men’s singles tour, after reaching a career-high of No. 2 last year.

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