Controversy around Zverev's role model claim amid domestic abuse trial

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Sunday, 02 June 2024 at 22:00
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Tennis fans have recently criticized Alexander Zverev for his comments about being a ‘role model’ for children watching him, while he is undergoing a trial for domestic abuse accusations made by his ex-partner and mother of his child, Brenda Patea.
The trial, following Zverev's appeal, began two days ago in Berlin, in the absence of the world No. 4. The German tennis player is currently competing in the French Open and has already reached the fourth round of the tournament after surviving a tough match against an inspired Tallon Griekspoor (26th seed) that was decided in a super tie-break in the fifth set.

Zverev talks about his personal growth

Although it was initially expected that Zverev would travel to Berlin in the midst of Roland Garros, the court allowed only the attorneys to attend, and his presence in Berlin was not necessary. After defeating Griekspoor in the third round, the German spoke in a press conference about his personal growth and his desire to become a ‘role model’ for children.
Zverev has had several altercations and outbursts of anger on the court throughout his career. Particularly memorable was when he smashed his racket against the umpire's chair at the 2022 Acapulco Open, resulting in his expulsion from the tournament. The former US Open finalist stated that his behavior has changed positively since then:
"Well, I think it comes maybe with age; it comes with maturity. I told myself I want to become a different type of player and a different type of role model as well in a way. I don't break rackets anymore; I barely get warnings. It's something that I kind of had this conversation with myself, and I realized that I don't do any good to myself, especially to people and kids watching."
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Alexander Zverev at 2024 Roland Garros
However, fans reacted on social media to express their disapproval of Zverev’s comments: “The audacity to say these things while literally being in the middle of a trial for assaulting his ex-partner and the mother of his child. You really can't make this stuff up,” a fan wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

The audacity to say these things while literally being in the middle of a trial for assaulting his ex-partner and the mother of his child. You really can't make this stuff up

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Alexander Zverev : "I told myself I want to become a different type of player and different type of role model as well in a way. I don't break racquets anymore. I barely get warnings. I realized that I don't do any good to myself and especially to people and kids watching."

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“No racquets abuse, just women,” another fan opined.
“Ignoring all the rest of it for a minute (don’t) the man literally told a ball kid to effing hurry up just the other day,”

Ignoring all the rest of it for a minute (don’t) the man literally told a ball kid to effing hurry up just the other day

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Alexander Zverev : "I told myself I want to become a different type of player and different type of role model as well in a way. I don't break racquets anymore. I barely get warnings. I realized that I don't do any good to myself and especially to people and kids watching."

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“Abusing racquets would have been much better than abusing women but you do you Sascha.”

Abusing racquets would have been much better than abusing women but you do you Sascha

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Alexander Zverev : "I told myself I want to become a different type of player and different type of role model as well in a way. I don't break racquets anymore. I barely get warnings. I realized that I don't do any good to myself and especially to people and kids watching."

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