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.”
Good on Olya for opening up. It would have been pretty scary! I just hope that she can handle all the negativity and what’s to come next. #ibelieveOlya #WhyIStayed except #whySheStayed #stopviolenceagainstwomen
— Daria Gavrilova (@Daria_gav) October 29, 2020
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.”
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.”
Jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne. Dies ist mein zauberhafter Anfang mit einem neuen Leben unter meinem Herzen. 👼🏻 Ich kann kaum in Worte fassen, wie es sich für mich anfühlt, schwanger zu sein - es ist einfach nur eine überwältigende Zeit. 🤗 Mama zu werden erfüllt mich mit einer so großen Freude und doch macht es mir auch ein bisschen Angst. Diejenigen unter euch, die bereits schwanger waren, können das vermutlich nachvollziehen. 🙈 In den vergangenen Wochen gab es einige herzzerreißende und freudige Momente und dann wieder Situationen der Unsicherheit, weil mein Kind in stürmische Zeiten hineingeboren wird. Aber egal was noch auf uns zukommen wird…ich werde mein Kind lieben und beschützen, bis ans Ende meiner Tage. Ich bin schon jetzt die glücklichste Mama der Welt und ich freue mich so unbeschreiblich dieses Glück mit euch teilen zu können! Danke an alle, die mir so tolle, positive Nachrichten geschrieben haben. Ihr ahnt gar nicht, wie happy ihr mich damit macht. Ich bin zu Tränen gerührt, so viele Glückwünsche von euch bekommen zu haben und dass ihr eure Geschichten mit mir teilt, bedeutet mir sehr viel.❣️ Schön, dass es euch gibt 🥰 #kugelrundundglücklich #20ssw
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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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