“Part 2 of Ben trying to make a career from Zverev” – Alexander Zverev’s fans drag Nick Kyrgios’ admission to assault in targeting noted journalist Ben Rothenberg as the German faces new domestic abuse allegations

Ben Rothenberg calls for action against Alexander Zverev following fresh domestic abuse allegations against the German


“Part 2 of Ben trying to make a career from Zverev” – Alexander Zverev’s fans drag Nick Kyrgios’ admission to assault in targeting noted journalist Ben Rothenberg as the German faces new domestic abuse allegations

Ben Rothenberg - L and Alexander Zverev - R (Image Credits: New York Post, Daily Express)

Alexander Zverev finds himself in hot water once again following fresh allegations leveled by his former girlfriend, Brenda Patea. The German has denied all the accusations thrown at him over the last couple of years, but it continues to be a bugbear on his career, and fans are clearly divided on the perceived inaction by the ATP against the 25-year-old.

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Some fans are calling for action against Zverev, whereas others feel that he is being relentlessly hounded. Twitterati was quick to draw parallels with the Nick Kyrgios domestic abuse incident.

Alluding to the fact that Kyrgios actually admitted to the domestic abuse accusations, while Sascha continues to deny them, the argument made was that either both of them should be equally punished or, as in Zverev’s case, since the allegations haven’t been proven yet, the unrelenting attacks on social media against the German should cease to continue.

The trigger for a heated debate on social media about the issue of inaction against players accused of domestic abuse was a tweet from noted tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg. In his tweet, he questions the ATP’s silence on the matter despite the continued pile of allegations against the young German over the past couple of years.

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Rothenberg, one of the most outspoken tennis journalists, recently tweeted to question Alexander Zverev‘s participation in the upcoming Hamburg Open, despite the spate of domestic abuse allegations that have been hurled at him by his former partner.

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Fans call out Ben for his ‘double standards’ and stoned silence on the Nick Kyrgios episode

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Ben Rothenberg and Nick Kyrgios (Image Credits: New York Post, ESPN)

Some fans were less than pleased by Ben’s singling out of Zverev, while supposedly not highlighting similar allegations made against 27-year-old Nick Kyrgios. One fan reasoned that Kyrgios’ ‘admission of guilt’ is being pushed under the rug by Ben, whereas Zverev continues to face the author’s ire despite the fact that he has neither admitted guilt nor have the allegations been proven.

Ben Rothenberg was quick to respond, suggesting that he had indeed highlighted Kyrgios’s case when it first broke out but has since not seen any major developments to bring it to notice again.

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Unwilling to sit back and take Ben’s reasoning at face value, the fan snapped once again, calling out the supposed ‘double standards’ of Ben.

Some other fans were quick to pounce and offer their two cents. Here, are a few more twitter reactions:

There were also calls from fans for quick action to be initiated against the 2020 Tokyo Olympics gold medalist:

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Players like Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios have amassed a huge fan following over the years due to their persona as well as their tennis firepower. Any attempts to ignore or brush aside serious accusations of domestic abuse in any sport, for that matter, are simply unacceptable. However, the mental health of the players is also equally important, and the media should refrain from harassing players in public forums merely on the basis of unproven allegations.

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