A former friend of Alexander Zverev has claimed the tennis star tried to strangle her and hit her head against a wall at last year's US Open.
23-year-old Olya Sharypova, who was in a relationship with Zverev for several years before they split last year, announced in an Instagram post on Wednesday that she was a victim of domestic violence.
The Russian photographer Sharypova – a former junior tennis player herself – was contacted by the Russian outlet champion championship, although she did not specifically name the 23-year-old tennis player in the world No. 7 in the mail.
Olya Sharypova (right), the former partner of Alexander Zverev (left), has claimed he abused her at last year's US Open by trying to strangle her and banging her head against a wall
Sharypova posted on Instagram and did not explicitly mention Zvrev's name, but later confirmed to a Russian outlet that she had spoken about German
In her first Instagram post, she wrote: “I want to tell a very personal and very tough story for myself that I have already experienced and left in the past.
“I was a victim of domestic violence! The first time this happened at the beginning of this relationship there was an argument and I was hit against the wall with my head with so much force that I sat on the floor.
In August of this year I ran out of the hotel barefoot. I stood on the streets of New York with no idea where to go or what to do.
They tried to choke me with a pillow, hit my head against the wall, turned my hands and at that moment I was really scared for my life.
Sharypova was in a relationship with Zverev for several years before they split in 2019
& # 39; This was a far cry from the first, rather than last, situation I grew up in a relationship. It was the worst thing because at some point I couldn't breathe.
“To be honest, I remember that time very well because there were no colors of life, a fog, and a lack of understanding. I was a different person, believed in love and tried to keep it. But people don't change as time shows. & # 39;
Then asked by Championship whether she was referring to Zverev, she said: “That day I only went for a walk with Daria Medvedeva (wife of Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev) and my boyfriend. We lingered a little and Sasha (Zverev) got angry about it.
“When I got home we had an argument. Our disputes always started from scratch. I wrote on Instagram that he tried to strangle me with a pillow, twisted my arms.
I tried to run out of the room several times but he wouldn't let me. I was afraid that someone would see and hear us. But in the end I managed to break free and ran away barefoot.
But now she has claimed that the German tried to strangle her and hit her head against a wall
At first I hid in a hotel, but Sasha went down the stairs and found me. We stood near the side entrance. I sobbed and tried to leave and he wanted me to go back into the room and we could talk.
“But I understood that there would be no dialogue at that moment. I was scared and wanted to run away. But Sasha pressed me against the wall and said he wouldn't get anything in return.
Fortunately, at that moment people appeared and I hurried out into the street with them. I was alone, barefoot in the middle of the street.
After this situation, Sasha wrote to me and called me. At first I didn't want to see him, but I decided we still need to talk. I arrived at the hotel and waited for him in the lobby because I didn't have a room card.
She also claimed that Zverev's domestic abuse against her was not a one-time affair
While we were corresponding with Sasha, we began to swear again with him. I sat in the hotel toilet and cried. And when he got to the hotel he just threw my things in the lobby. & # 39;
Sharypova also claimed in her post and interview that Zverev's violence was not a one-off affair, claiming it happened multiple times during their tumultuous relationship.
Sportsmail have asked the representatives of Zverev for a comment.
The allegations come after Brenda Patea, another of Zverev's ex-girlfriends, announced she was pregnant with his child earlier this week and claimed she wanted sole custody of her baby.
The news comes after Brenda Patea (right) said she was pregnant with Zverev's child this week
"I'm 20 weeks pregnant and I am expecting a child from Alex," said Patea on BILD to Gala Magazine.
& # 39; That is out of the question for me (joint custody). The child was not planned, but I will do everything possible to ensure that it grows up in a harmonious environment. I am in the fortunate position of being able to raise the child on my own. & # 39;
She later added on Instagram, “I'm pregnant and I'm really excited about it, and so many of you have already sent me congratulations and I wanted to say thank you here.
Aside from the allegations, Zverev also made headlines for the wrong reasons this year after admitting he played sick at the French Open
"I'm very happy about that, and yes … but still, I've also received a lot of negative messages that have hurt me a lot, with claims that are just not true.
“The allegations I'm talking about were about custody. Yes, I am seeking sole custody of the child and for good reason, but they are private. I have no contact with Alex, but I want to make it very clear here that I will not forbid him to seek contact with the child, on the contrary!
“And now, what can I say, every woman wants a partner by her side and a happy, carefree relationship during pregnancy. But it is what it is and I've decided to have the kid and I'm looking forward to it and don't want to hide it or anything. & # 39;
It wasn't the first time Zverev behaved recklessly towards Covid-19 after taking part in Novak Djokovic's infamous Adria Tour before the party
Apart from the allegations, Zverev has already made headlines twice this year for the wrong reasons.
He sparked controversy over Covid-19 earlier this month after leaving the French Open in the fourth round by admitting that he played while feeling sick.
"I was completely sick the night after the game with Marco Cecchinato (in the third round)," he said. “I can't really breathe as you can tell from my voice. I also had a fever. I'm not in the best of physical shape I would say. & # 39;
He did not consult medical staff prior to the game and the event's safety protocol urged players "to adopt a responsible attitude and not go to the stadium" if they were uncomfortable.
It wasn't the first time Zverev behaved inconsiderately towards Covid-19 after taking part in Novak Djokovic's infamous Adria Tour. Within a week of his return, he was being celebrated in a French restaurant.
Zverev had promised fans that he would isolate himself from Novak Djokovic after participating in Adrak Tour, but was seen partying a few days later
Zverev posted this tweet after the event, apologizing to anyone he might have put at risk by playing the tour
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