The ATP has banned 20-year-old teenager Alexander Zverev from playing in the Miami Open for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, but it has not considered launching a formal investigation.
Zverev, the world No. 18, was omitted from the tournament after allegations surfaced that he had violently assaulted the unnamed woman on Monday. The German claimed that the story was fabricated and threatened to sue TMZ, which published video of the incident.
An ATP statement:
“The ATP can confirm that it has suspended and expelled German tennis player Alexander Zverev from the 2017 Miami Open for his behavior over the past week. On Friday, March 24, 2017, following an incident at a hotel, the ATP terminated Zverev’s membership. In addition, the ATP’s match committee deemed the alleged incident to be a grave enough offense to warrant a mandatory four-point penalty deduction from his ATP ranking in order to comply with ATP member rules and a fine of 500 US dollars ($550 USD). For the remainder of the 2017 Miami Open, Zverev will not be allowed to compete in the ATP World Tour event and he will forfeit US $64,000.00 in prize money. The ATP will follow a standard process and other relevant information was gathered from the Miami Beach Police Department on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, with all findings to be released in due course. In addition, Zverev’s previous commitments for 2016 will be canceled and he may not enter any ATP tournaments until further notice.”
The claim has raised questions about whether the police case against Zverev will continue. The Munich police said they turned their report over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on Tuesday evening, which did not confirm that it was investigating.
A spokesman said the D.L.E. was “offered assistance by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. We are in the process of addressing its requests.”
Zverev was not charged, but was given a 100-minute custodial sentence for assaulting a person. In Germany, the act is classed as an assault with a particular degree of severity.
Zverev is expected to make a statement on Friday when he opens the German Open at Frankfurt.
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