Andre Zverev’s boyfriend Alexander Zverev denies verbal or physical abuse at Queen’s Club

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Hours after being booed off the court, his brother Andre’s (sister) boyfriend Alexander Zverev was forced to defend himself on Twitter.

The 19-year-old, who called the crowds’ behavior “really hard” on Friday night during his second-round loss at the Aegon Open at Queen’s Club, issued a public statement on Twitter Thursday night denying physical or verbal abuse.

Despite completing his red-tinged 6-2, 6-3 loss, Zverev was subjected to multiple chants of “(Expletive) U-S-A” and “Hitler” from the crowd during the match, prompting umpire Marija Cicak to draw attention to the misconduct.

Zverev took to Twitter to say Cicak was being over-zealous in the “protection” and “desperation” she showed him, explaining she opened the first set by handing him a code violation for coaching and was acting more like a spectator than an official, serving up a spoonful of sugar in the third set to avoid a huge upset loss.

Zverev also tweeted that he was “disappointed” with what he termed “unpleasant and irresponsible booing.”

Here is his statement, as posted to Twitter:

in the first set, Cicak would give @ia2zverev a code violation for coaching every time a ball was hit to his backhand side during serve-and-volley. she said if he decided to adjust his strategy, which she saw as coaching, she could hand him a code violation every time. Even though @ia2zverev said that he would not change strategy during his service motion, Cicak felt she had to get more aggressive. However, and I quote “you are a player and umpires should treat you as such and not as a fan!” The person behind me in the stadium was also letting this all go. In the third set, Cicak decided to allow @ia2zverev a code violation for insulting her. in this instance, after he used a slang term, which I did not agree with, she had no choice but to hand him a code violation. at no point did I address the umpire over this action by calling her a “f***ing hater.” You heard me when I said that the booing is something I find really hard, you can call me biased, but to think that these comments are directed at a player is absolutely unacceptable. in the two years I have been in England, the fan’s behavior has been nothing but nice to me. things like today, when everyone else was cheering for my opponent, are something that I found it difficult to accept.

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