Grudge match: ‘I wouldn’t say we are best friends,’ admits Murray as he prepares to face Zverev


‘I wouldn’t say we are best friends’: Andy Murray prepares to face Alex Zverev in GRUDGE MATCH at Indian Wells after welcoming ATP probe into domestic abuse allegations against rival

  • Last October, Olga Sharypova accused Alex Zverev of a series of assaults 
  • Andy Murray joined the world No 4 in welcoming a new ATP investigation 
  • Zverev continues to deny all the allegations and has now taken legal action 

Andy Murray enjoys a cordial relationship with most inside the locker room but admits there is little warmth between him and Alex Zverev.

So when they meet on Tuesday night in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open there will be an underlying froideur which extends beyond a desperation to repair his lowly ranking.

Zverev has been the subject of domestic abuse allegations. While Murray has not commented specifically on those, he has vocally supported moves by the ATP Tour to investigate the matter and bring in a more rigorous policy on the issue.

Andy Murray (above) admits there is little warmth between him and rival Alex Zverev

‘I wouldn’t say we are best friends. We don’t really chat a whole lot,’ said the 34-year-old Scot, who late on Sunday successfully battled US Open quarter-finalist Carlos Alcaraz for three hours in the desert heat.

The issue of domestic violence has become a thorny one in the past year for the ATP Tour, with allegations emerging against Zverev and Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili by their partners — which both players strongly deny.

In the case of Zverev, a story in American online publication Slate suggested that he had repeatedly hit his one-time girlfriend, a Russian called Olya Sharypova, over a period when she was travelling with…

Source : dailymail

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