I did not agree! The French tennis player accused her former coach of rape – ŠPORT.SK

today 13:11 | French tennis player Fiona Ferrová has accused her former coach Pierre Bouteyre of rape and sexual assault. He led it from 2010 to 2016, i.e. between the ages of 13 and 19. The twenty-five-year-old Belgian native, who last year was ranked 39th in the WTA rankings and is currently only in the third hundred of the singles rankings, did so on social networks. The athlete clearly wrote next to the accusations: “I did not agree.” She also added that she fully trusts the judicial system of her country and confirms that she does not wish to make any other statement regarding the investigation of this crime. The French Tennis Federation (FFT) took the player’s side and revealed that it is investigating the possibility of filing a civil lawsuit. “We applaud Fiona for having the courage to go public with the allegations. We are pleased that an investigation is underway. We are dedicated to ensuring a safe environment on our circuit, which requires vigilance and investment in education, training and resourcing to further enhance our efforts,” it said. in the opinion of the WTA circuit. Belarusian tennis player Victoria Azarenková, who is a member of the WTA players’ council, singled out the Frenchwoman for her courage. “Our main priority is to ensure the safety of vulnerable young ladies who are being abused by their coaches,” said the two-time Australian Open champion. “I applaud her for her courage and I believe that she will come out of this stronger and that it will not destroy her tennis career. It is a very difficult topic, but it is necessary to talk about it publicly and solve it,” Azarenkova added. In the current year, twenty-three-year-old American Kylie McKenzie and her compatriot Pam Shriver, currently 60, who is a television commentator and won 21 doubles Grand Slam titles between 1981 and 1991, accused their coaches of sexual violence or harassment. FFT President Gilles Moretton also expressed his support for the tennis player. “We would like to express our support for Fiona Ferro in respecting the presumption of innocence at what we know is a particularly difficult time for her. The FFT Sports Integrity Unit is currently assisting her and will do all we can to help the player recover build a life,” Moretton said.