Alexander Zverev’s ex-girlfriend has claimed she attempted to commit suicide as she made fresh allegations of domestic abuse by this year’s US Open runner-up.
Olya Sharypova had previously claimed that the German had tried to smother her with a pillow during last year’s US Open, which he strongly denied in a lengthy statement.
But in an interview with Racquet Magazine, she made further claims of abuse during her relationship with Zverev, who is among the players set for the ATP Finals in London at the end of next week.
After his latest win at the Paris Masters on Thursday, Zverev continued to protest his innocence.
He said: “Well, as I said before, I think I have said everything on my Instagram. There is nothing more I can say to that. As I said, they are not true.”
Zverev had previously issued a lengthy rebuttal last month to the initial allegations, which he called “unfounded”.
He said: “We have known each other since we were children and shared many experiences together.
“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.”
In the latest claims, Sharypova said she was punched in the face by Zverev at last year’s Laver Cup in Geneva, after which she injected herself with insulin in an attempt to end her life.
She said: “We had another fight and in that fight he punched me in the face for the first time. In other fights, he was pushing me, shoving me, twisting my arms, choking me.
“But this was the first time he punched me, really punched me.”
She claimed Zverev then stormed off but returned to find her locked inside the bathroom and found a tournament official for assistance.