Media: Victoria Azarenka To Sue Ex-Boyfriend Over Custody Rights

Victoria Azarenka, the two-time Australian Open champion and former world No1, will file a lawsuit to resolve custody issue with the father of her son, TUT.BY reports with a reference to the player’s fan page.

According to the information, Victoria hired a well-known family law attorney from Israel.

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka and Zeev Valner. Source: ynet.co.il

The Belarusian prepares to battle Bill McKeague, the father of her 9-months-old son Leo, over custody rights with the help of Zeev Valner, one of the best specialists in family law from Israel.

In case of victory, the athlete promised to visit Israel as a gratitude, an Israeli media source wrote.

When asked to comment on the issue by TUT.BY on Thursday, Victoria’s mother said she “is not going to answer the question”.

Azarenka, a citizen of Belarus and Monaco and one of the richest women in sports, announced pregnancy in 2016 and gave birth to her child in December. She returned to competition in the beginning of summer 2017.

The player was posting numerous happy pictures of her, Leo and Bill McKeague. Ex-boyfriend also accompanied her to Belarus and spent a lot of time in Victoria’s home country. 

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When the couple broke up in July, McKeague left for Beverly Hills and went to court stating concern over alleged kidnapping of his child. The court passed a ruling that the baby should be returned to Los Angeles.

McKeague took Leo away from Azarenka and deprived her of the opportunity to see the child.

Due to the complexity of the procedure, Victoria decided to turn to Israeli Zeev Valner to prepare for a battle in court. Preparations for the trial were kept in  secret from the public and the media.

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Victoria Azarenka and Bill McKeague in Minsk, August 2016

Two weeks later, the decision concerning overnight stays and the urgent question of parental authority was raised by Azarenka. The case will be heard by the court in Belarus.

Besides, Valner announced that the tennis player will sue her former partner over material damage. Because of the family problems Azarenka will miss the tournament in Cincinnati, and if she also misses US Open, the damage will reach $10 million.

The next hearing is scheduled for September, and Valner says his client has very good chances.

Victoria Azarenka, usually very active on social media, has mostly kept silent since the end of July. The tennis player has also deleted pictures with Bill McKeague from her Instagram.