Ex-girlfriend's shock announcement about Alexander Zverev

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Brenda Patea and Alexander Zverev, pictured here before their break-up.
Brenda Patea has announced she's pregnant with Alexander Zverev's child. Image: Instagram/Getty

Alexander Zverev’s ex-girlfriend has announced she’s pregnant with his child, but doesn’t plan on sharing custody with the tennis superstar.

Zverev, the current World No.7 tennis player, was recently dating German model Brenda Patea, however the pair have since split up.

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But Patea has since announced she’s 20 weeks pregnant, claiming Zverev is the father.

“I’m expecting a child from Alex,” Patea told German publication Bild.

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

“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.”

Patea, 27, opened up about the reason she split with 23-year-old Zverev.

Brenda Patea, pictured here watching Alexander Zverev at the Australian Open in January.
Brenda Patea watches Alexander Zverev at the Australian Open in January. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

“We had crises before and then ended our relationship with Alex,” she said.

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

Patea also took to social media to share her exciting news.

“There is magic in every beginning. This is my magical beginning with a new life under my heart,” she wrote on Instagram.

“I can hardly put into words what it feels like to be pregnant – it‘s just an overwhelming time.

“Becoming a mom fills me with such great joy and yet it also scares me a little.

“Those of you who have already been pregnant can probably relate to this.

“In the past few weeks there have been some heartbreaking and joyful moments and then again situations of uncertainty because my child is born into stormy times.

“But no matter what is in store for us … I will love and protect my child until the end of my days.

“I am already the happiest mom in the world and I am so happy to be able to share this happiness with you!”

Zverev and Patea in Adria Tour controversy

Zverev and Patea were involved in controversy earlier this year when they were spotted out and about while Zverev was playing at the ill-fated Adria Tour.

The event, partly organised by Novak Djokovic, drew widespread criticism for failing to adhere to coronavirus protocols at the height of the pandemic.

A number of players, partners and officials later tested positive for COVID-19, including Djokovic and wife Jelena.

While Zverev and Patea didn’t test positive, they were spotted at restaurants and clubs during the tournament held in Serbia and Croatia.

Zverev was then caught partying in Monaco after the event, despite ensuring fans he would self-isolate for 14 days.

“How selfish can you be?” Nick Kyrgios said of Zverev at the time.

“If you have the audacity to put out a tweet that you made your management write on your behalf, saying you’re going to self-isolate for 14 days, and apologising to the general public about putting their health at risk, at least have the audacity to stay inside for 14 days.”

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