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Alexander Zverev reaches out-of-court settlement after being accused of strangling his ex


Alexander Zverev has reached an out-of-court settlement with his ex-girlfriend after being accused of strangling her in Berlin four years ago. The settlement does not include an admission of guilt from the German tennis player, who is competing in the French Open semi-finals later today (Friday).

The case returned to court last week when Zverev contested a penalty order and a £383,000 fine handed down to him last October for allegedly committing bodily harm against his ex-girlfriend and mother of his three-year-old child.

Zverev was accused of pushing the plaintiff against the wall of a Berlin apartment building and choking her following an argument in May 2020.

He has always denied the allegations and said before the French Open that he ‘believes in the German system’ and has ‘no chance’ of losing the court battle. The case has now been settled out of court between the parties.

Day one of the trial was adjourned following a request from Zverev’s lawyers to hold the plaintiff’s testimony behind closed doors. That request was granted on Monday and the tennis player’s former partner spoke without media personnel or members of the public present.

Zverev was not required to attend the Tiergarten District Court in Berlin personally unless summoned by the judge. “They made it very clear from the beginning that I don’t have to be there,” he explained after beating Alex de Minaur on Wednesday.

“You know, I think everything is going accordingly. Everything is going okay from my side and from my point of view. There’s nothing else to say.”

In spite of the off-court drama, Zverev is in the midst of another strong Grand Slam run. The 27-year-old is into the French Open semi-finals for a fourth consecutive year and will do battle with Ruud to make his second ever Grand Slam final.

Zverev is ranked fourth in the world but he has never won one of tennis’ four major titles, with his closest call coming at the US Open in 2020. If the 6ft 6in competitor beats Ruud, he will face either Carlos Alcaraz or Jannik Sinner in the men’s final.

Having dispatched the king of clay, Rafael Nadal, in round one, Zverev made light work of David Goffin in round two before consecutive five-set victories over Tallon Griekspoor and Holger Rune. 11th seed De Minaur should, on paper, have posed the toughest test of all in the quarter-finals, but Zverev breezed past the Australian in straight sets to set up his showdown with Ruud.

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