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Alexander Zverev Denies Accusations Of Domestic Abuse

FILE - In this Germany, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020 file picture, Germany's Alexander Zverev returns the ball during the ATP bett1HULKS Indoors tennis final against Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime in Cologne. Alexander Zverev has said that allegations of domestic abuse made by former girlfriend Olga Sharypova are 'unfounded' and 'simply not true.'  Zverev responded to an interview that Sharypova gave to Russian sports website Championat on in which the former tennis player said that Zverev attempted to strangle her with a pillow and hit her head against a wall at a New York hotel before the U.S. Open in 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)

FILE - In this Germany, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020 file picture, Germany's Alexander Zverev returns the ball during the ATP bett1HULKS Indoors tennis final against Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime in Cologne. Alexander Zverev has said that allegations of domestic abuse made by former girlfriend Olga Sharypova are 'unfounded' and 'simply not true.' Zverev responded to an interview that Sharypova gave to Russian sports website Championat on in which the former tennis player said that Zverev attempted to strangle her with a pillow and hit her head against a wall at a New York hotel before the U.S. Open in 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)

Alexander Zverev denied accusations of domestic abuse on Friday, saying they are simply not true.

BERLIN: Alexander Zverev denied accusations of domestic abuse on Friday, saying they are simply not true.

The 23-year-old German tennis player was responding to an interview former girlfriend Olga Sharypova gave to Russian sports website Championat on Thursday. Sharypova, a former Russian tennis player, said Zverev attempted to strangle her with a pillow and hit her head against a wall at a New York hotel before the U.S. Open in 2019. She said she feared for her life at the time.

Sharypova initially accused an unnamed ex-boyfriend of abuse on Instagram.

Zverev responded to the latest interview on Twitter, writing that he has known Sharypova since they were children, but he rejected the claims of abuse.

I very much regret that she makes such statements. Because the accusations are simply not true, the U.S. Open finalist wrote. We had a relationship, but it ended a long time ago. Why Olga is making these allegations now, I just dont know. I really hope that the two of us will find a way to deal with each other again in a reasonable and respectful way.

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