This Sunday, Alexander Zverev was presented with the German Sportsman of the year award. The world No.3 had a brilliant year as he was able to bag the most no. of ATP titles in the year 2021, winning six tournaments in the calendar year. He also became the Olympic champion in Tokyo, where he surprised everyone with a win against the world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.
However, Zverev did face a great amount of backlash from fans, when his Ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova accused Zverev of sexual assaults. World No.3 denied the accusations made by his ex-girlfriend and the ATP has launched an investigation in the same case.
Some of the netizens didn’t like Zverev winning the title of the German Sportsman of the year 2021. They believe that World No.3 has a pending investigation for sexual assault, which is why he shouldn’t be considered for the award.
Netizens reaction to Alexander Zverev’s election as German Sportsman of the year
The Internationale Sport-Korrespondenz (ISK), a German sports journalism agency, hosted the 75th edition of the awards at the famous Kurhaus Baden-Boden. Alexander Zverev was presented with the German Sportsman of the year at the same event. However, the Olympic champion received a great deal of backlash on Twitter where people criticized the decision of electing Zverev as the German Sportsman of the year.
Some netizens were in shock after receiving the news of Zverev winning the award. They commented things like, “Are you kidding” and “Is this a Joke” trying to display their disappointment.
The netizens believed that world No.3 shouldn’t be considered for the award since he has a pending investigation over allegations of sexual assault. However, until the investigation hasn’t made any conclusive judgments in the case, Zverev shouldn’t be scrutinized for things that he might or might not have done. As under the presumption of innocence, a legal principle states that “every person accused of any crime is considered innocent until proven guilty”.