Roger Federer faces criticism as past comments on Alexander Zverev’s domestic abuse allegations resurface following the German’s inclusion in Laver Cup 2024.
Team Europe for the 2024 edition of the Laver Cup, set to take place in September in Berlin, Germany, announced Zverev’s participation along with Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev.
However, fans have expressed dissatisfaction over Zverev’s inclusion due to ongoing domestic abuse allegations from former partner Brenda Patea, with this being the second time such accusations have surfaced against the German.
It’s worth noting that Olya Sharapova, another ex-partner of Zverev, also accused him of inflicting physical harm back in October 2020. Notably, Zverev was previously managed by Team8, a PR agency partly owned by Roger Federer, before their split in January 2021.
In 2021, tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg questioned Federer about the split and its relation to Sharypova’s claims. Federer responded, “Well, I mean, of course, I’m very close to Tony and Team8, but at the same time these are decisions that Tony takes, and the team.
Look, Sascha is a great guy. I’m really happy for him when he does well. But I don’t get involved in those types of decisions, to be honest… and all of the allegations, that’s super private stuff that I really don’t want to comment.”