“Not the first question I want to hear”- Alexander Zverev snaps after being requested about home abuse trial following 4h31m battle in Australian Open

Alexander Zverev was made to toil exhausting for his second-round win on the 2024 Australian Open, with qualifier Lukas Klein taking him to 5 units earlier than the German booked his spot within the subsequent stage.

Zverev needed to come again from a 1-2 deficit on Thursday (January 18), lastly prevailing 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(7) in a battle that lasted 4 hours and 31 minutes on John Cain Enviornment.

At his press convention, nonetheless, it was Alexander Zverev’s impending home abuse trial that was introduced up, making the World No. 6 snap. For these unaware, he’s scheduled to seem within the Berlin prison courtroom in Might this 12 months to contest the allegations of home violence levied on him by ex-girlfriend Brenda Patea.

Zverev was requested about the identical at his press convention after the first-round win at Melbourne Park as effectively, the place he responded with curt solutions and slammed some journalists for attempting to make a narrative out of the matter.

On Thursday, the previous World No. 2 was much more curt, stating that he didn’t need his home abuse to be the primary matter of debate after he received a marathon encounter. The query put to him was whether or not he could be attending the trial in individual, a question he didn’t reply immediately.

“Wow. That’s a question. I just played four hours, 40 minutes. That’s not the first question I really want to hear, to be honest. I’ve got no idea. It’s in May,” Zverev mentioned.

It was the one query he confronted in regards to the trial within the press convention, because the English portion of his interplay with the media was minimize brief after that.

“There are journalists who follow the truth and there are journalists who want to sell a story” – Alexander Zverev

Zverev in action at the 2024 Australian OpenZverev in action at the 2024 Australian Open
Zverev in motion on the 2024 Australian Open

Chatting with German media following his first-round win on the Australian Open, Alexander Zverev positioned the blame on the media for sensationalizing his upcoming trial, stating that some journalists have been extra fascinated with promoting a narrative than the reality.

“There are journalists who follow the truth, like hopefully most of you, and who are also fair to the player, and there are journalists who want to sell a story. And selling the story is more important to them than selling the truth. And I’m assuming that there’s someone sitting here now who is exactly like that,” Zverev said.

The World No. 6 additionally made a reference to his earlier home abuse allegations (levied by ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova), the place he had been given a clear chit by the ATP later following an investigation.

“If that’s what he wants to do, that’s fine. They did the same thing a few years ago. We all know what the result was. Then suddenly everyone was very, very quiet, very, very quick. And now these two or three are coming up again and we all know their names,” he added.

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