German tennis star Alexander Zverev was fined $475,000 by a German court over allegations that he assaulted a woman in May 2020, a judicial spokeswoman said Tuesday.
The former world number two appealed the decision issued on October 2 and “filed an objection,” the Berlin court spokeswoman said in a statement.
The spokeswoman indicated that Zverev “is accused of physically assaulting a woman and harming her health during an altercation” in the German capital more than three years ago, adding that until a final ruling is issued, Zverev is considered innocent.
The Tiergarten District Court will now hear from “participants in the proceedings again”, before a hearing date is likely to be set.
The spokeswoman indicated that the alleged victim joined the proceedings as a participant in the lawsuit.
Zverev’s lawyers rejected the accusations in a statement, and stated that the woman named Brenda Batia is Zverev’s ex-girlfriend.
The allegations made by Bhatia, “which alone form the basis for the penalty order, have already been refuted by the forensic report,” the lawyers said.
Last January, the Association of Professional Tennis Professionals (ATB) closed an investigation into allegations of domestic violence directed against Zverev by a former tennis player, after not finding sufficient evidence.
The association opened an investigation into Zverev in October 2021 after his girlfriend and former player Olga Sharypova claimed that she had been subjected to physical and emotional abuse.
Zverev is currently participating in the Paris Masters 1000 tournament, and won his first round match against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.
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