Daria Garvrilova's support for ex-girlfriend in Alexander Zverev drama

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Daria Gavrilova and Alexander Zverev, pictured here in 2018.
Daria Gavrilova has expressed her support for Alexander Zverev's ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova. Image: Getty

Daria Gavrilova has spoken publicly of her support for Olga Sharypova after she made disturbing claims against ex-boyfriend Alexander Zverev.

German tennis star Zverev, the current World No.7, said on Thursday accusations by Sharypova that he had attacked her in New York last year were “simply not true”.

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Zverev insisted claims made by Sharypova that he tried to “strangle” her while at the US Open were “unfounded” and made him “very sad”.

Sharypova did not initially name Zverev in her Instagram post but later confirmed to Russian media that she was referring to her fellow 23-year-old.

Sharypova also claimed that her head was hit against a wall and that she was forced to flee a hotel barefoot.

Amidst the drama, Aussie star Gavrilova has offered her support for Sharypova.

“Good on Olya for opening up. It would have been pretty scary!” Gavrilova tweeted.

“I just hope that she can handle all the negativity and what’s to come next.”

Alexander Zverev responds to disturbing claims

Zverev addressed the allegations in a statement on Thursday.

“The unfounded accusations of my ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova...make me very sad,” Zverev, who reached this year’s US Open final, said.

“I very much regret that she makes such statements because the accusations are simply not true.

“We had a relationship, but it ended a long time ago. Why Olga is making these accusations now, I just don't 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.”

Olga Sharypova, pictured here watching Alexander Zverev at the China Open in 2019.
Olga Sharypova watches Alexander Zverev in action at the China Open in 2019. (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)

Zverev also addressed the announcement from another ex-girlfriend that he’s going to be a father.

German model Brenda Patea announced on Wednesday that she’s 20 weeks pregnant and the baby is Zverev’s.

“The last days were quite challenging for me. I will be a father at age 23,” Zverev wrote on social media.

“And I am very much looking forward to the child.

“Even though Brenda and I are no longer together, we have a good relationship and I will live up to my responsibility as a father.

“Together we will take care of the little person that is about to grow.

“But I don’t want to say more in public about this private subject. I am sure that Brenda and I can manage it without the media involved.”

On Wednesday, Patea said she doesn’t plan on letting Zverev share custody of their child.

“We don’t have any communication with Alex right now, and frankly, I don’t plan to share custody of my child with him,” she said.

“But I will do everything to ensure that (the child grows) up in a harmonious and proper environment. I have the chance to raise my child alone.

“We had crises before and then ended our relationship with Alex.

“Because we have different views on life. Everyone who is with an athlete must submit to these situations.”

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with AFP

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