Alexander Zverev is facing allegations of domestic abuse, he’s criticizing journalists and the Australian Open won’t risk tweeting about him… but now that he’s in the quarter-finals, the dark cloud hanging over the tournament can’t be ignored .

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The Australian Open appears to be staying away from Alexander Zverev’s upcoming domestic abuse trial, refusing to comment on the allegations as the German cruised to a narrow victory over Cameron Norrie on Monday.

Zverev, who beat Norrie in a five-set thriller to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals, has been accused of domestic abuse by his ex-girlfriend Brenda Patea and will go on trial in May, Berlin’s criminal court confirmed last week. pass.

According to the court statement, the current Olympic champion is accused of “physically abusing a woman and damaging her health during an argument.” He too He is accused of strangling her against a wall just a few days before proposing marriage.

During Zverev’s four-hour epic against the British number one in Melbourne, tournament officials, post-match interviewers and announcers refused to comment on the allegations or the trial.

After the match, as has been the case throughout the tournament, Zverev enjoyed a light-hearted interview in front of the Margaret Court Arena crowd, only being asked about Norrie’s performance, his father’s birthday and the importance of his formidable return of service.

Alexander Zverev booked his place in the Australian Open quarter-finals after a five-set thriller

Alexander Zverev booked his place in the Australian Open quarter-finals after a five-set thriller

The German star beat brave British number one Cameron Norrie, who lost in the final tiebreaker.

The German star beat brave British number one Cameron Norrie, who lost in the final tiebreaker.

Zverev faces trial over allegations of domestic abuse in May, allegations he denies.  The 26-year-old athlete allegedly strangled his ex-partner (above) just days before proposing to her.

Zverev faces trial over allegations of domestic abuse in May, allegations he denies. The 26-year-old athlete allegedly strangled his ex-partner (above) just days before proposing to her.

Meanwhile, the Australian Open’s official social media channel on X decided not to post about the upcoming test during Monday’s coverage of the fourth-round clash.

The 26-year-old tennis star, who denies the allegations, was handed a court penalty order and fined €450,000 (£385,000) in October last year.

In Germany, sentencing orders are made for minor crimes when a judge considers that the case is simple and therefore does not need to go to trial. To defend his denial of the allegations and maintain the presumption of innocence, Zverev challenged the order, which is why he now faces trial.

Court spokesperson Lisa Jani revealed that Zverev may not be required to appear in court in person unless the judge orders the German to testify. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, although jail time is believed to be “highly unlikely” due to the nature of the sentencing order.

Zverev’s lawyers, Schertz Bergmann, called the trial “scandalous” and urged that “there can be no question of a fair trial.”

Zverev will face Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Zverev will face Wimbledon champion Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Zverev's lawyers have reportedly worked hard to quash media reports about the trial and claims.

Zverev’s lawyers have reportedly worked hard to quash media reports about the trial and claims.

After winning in the first round, Zverev snapped at a journalist after they brought up his domestic abuse allegations.  He also lost his temper for the same reason in November.

After winning in the first round, Zverev snapped at a journalist after they brought up his domestic abuse allegations. He also lost his temper for the same reason in November.

His legal representatives have also worked hard to quash media reports about the trial and accusations, according to German outlet DW.

A German newspaper called Suddeutsche Zeitung was forced to remove an article of its own that featured an interview with Zverev’s former partner, as the law firm showed that the story went beyond “the limits of permitted suspicious information.”

To make matters worse for Zverev, his trial could well coincide with the French Open, which takes place between May and June.

In the weeks leading up to the Australian Open, the ATP revealed that the German would become the newest member of its Player Council, a body voted on by players from across world tennis.

Although it has only happened occasionally in this tournament, Zverev has given reporters brief, short-tempered answers when asked about the accusations he faces and whether he deserves a place on the ATP Player Council.

Following his first-round victory over Dominik Koepfer, the 26-year-old snapped at a reporter when asked if he should play.

“Yes, some journalists say so, those who are actually more interested in writing this story and getting clicks than in the truth,” Zverev replied.

At a press conference in November, the tennis star also called the penalty order complete nonsense.

Responding to reporters, Zverev said: “Anyone with semi-standard IQ levels knows what this is all about.”

During his post-match interview in front of the crowd, Zverev was asked about Norrie's performance, his father's birthday and the importance of his formidable return of serve.

During his post-match interview in front of the crowd, Zverev was asked about Norrie’s performance, his father’s birthday and the importance of his formidable return of serve.

It has been an issue for Australian Open organizers, who have not risked addressing the claims.

It has been an issue for Australian Open organizers, who have not risked addressing the claims.

Meanwhile, all athletes who have been asked about Zverev’s situation at the Australian Open have refused to comment.

Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was eliminated in the fourth round by American Taylor Fritz, declined to comment on Zverev’s accusations when asked about it.

Avoiding the question, the Greek said: ‘I don’t know him at all. I have nothing to comment on that.’

Norrie echoed Tsitsipas’ response by dodging the question ahead of his five-set thriller against the German, insisting it was “difficult to comment” on the trial due to his limited understanding of the case and its details.

For now, the Australian Open is choosing to turn a blind eye to Zverev’s judgment and will not risk tweeting or posting about it on social media. But now that the German is one of eight men’s singles players left in the competition, the dark cloud can’t be ignored much longer.

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