Zverev Fed Up with Questions About Assault Case

Zverev Fed Up with Questions About Assault Case

Alexander Zverev fumed at reporters after being asked questions on his assault case with his former girlfriend. 

The German tennis player, 27, had been accused of ‘physically abusing Brenda Patea and damaging her health’ during an argument that took place in May 2020. 

However, the case was settled out of court on Friday to mark the end of a lengthy battle, with the Belin court officially declaring no verdict and there was ‘no admission of guilt by Zverev.’

Ahead of his French Open final showdown with Carlos Alcaraz, a visibly frustrated Zverev insisted he is innocent and urged journalists not to ask him about the case again. 

He said: ‘I told you so from the start. I told everybody and I’m happy that it’s over’.

Alexander Zverev fumed at reporters after being asked questions on his assault case

Alexander Zverev (right) was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Brenda Patea (left)

Alexander Zverev (right) was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Brenda Patea (left) 

Asked if he had reservations about having to settle without the court deeming him innocent, Zverev added: ‘That’s what dropping the case is. That is innocence. 

‘They’re not going to drop the case if you’re guilty at the end of the day. I don’t know what translations you have, but that’s what it means. 

‘Done. We move on. I never ever want to hear another question about the subject again. That goes out to everybody.’ 

Zverev had received an order from a Berlin court to pay a fine of close to £392,000 for physically abusing Patea, a model and the mother of his child, on October 2 last year.

The 27-year-old denied the allegations made against him and subsequently contested the penalty order – which led to a public trial, that began on Friday, May 31 in Berlin.

The case between Zverev (left) and Patea (right) had been settled 'out of court' with the tennis player making 'no admission of guilt'

The case between Zverev (left) and Patea (right) had been settled ‘out of court’ with the tennis player making ‘no admission of guilt’ 

On the first day of the trial, both sides had outlined their arguments with the prosecutor stating that after a ‘heated argument’ at a Berlin apartment, the ATP Tour tennis player is alleged to have pushed Patea against a wall and strangled her with both hands.

Zverev’s defence lawyer, Alfred Dierlamm, said the accusations were ‘unfounded and contradictory’. He added that the court would later see messages and hear from witnesses which would give an objective picture of the events’.

The trial was set to continue into June and July and there was also a possibility that Zverev could have missed Wimbledon – which will run between July 1-14.

There was also a chance that the German could have been summoned to court during the French Open, but it appears he has remained in Paris over the last fortnight, having not been required to attend the trial in person.

Zverev and Patea are thought to have dated for less than 12 months between 2019 and 2021 when their daughter Mayla was born.

Patea (pictured left) had alleged Zverev of physically abusing her back in 2020 and claimd he had strangled her

Patea (pictured left) had alleged Zverev of physically abusing her back in 2020 and claimd he had strangled her 

The World No 4 (above) will face the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz in the French Open final

The World No 4 (above) will face the Spanish Carlos Alcaraz in the French Open final 

Zverev overcame Casper Ruud in the semi-final of the men’s singles at Roland Garros on Friday, having beaten Alex de Minaur in the quarter-finals on Wednesday in three sets. 

He also beat 14-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal in the first round of the tournament with speculation arising ahead of the Grand Slam that this could have been the Spaniard’s last appearance at Roland Garros.

The World No 4, who clinched his first title of the season at the Rome Masters in May, will face the Spanish Alcaraz in the final on Sunday.  

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