Australian Tennis Ace Nick Kyrgios will have to appear in court next month, after being summoned for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend last year.
If the charge against him for groping his ex-girlfriend is proved, Kyrgios may face up to two years in prison. Jason Moffett, his barrister, confirmed that the player is aware of the allegation. Last year in December, his former girlfriend posted a series of stories on Instagram, including screenshots from her chats, before taking legal action.
“At the present time, the allegations are not considered as fact by the court, and Mr. Kyrgios is not considered charged with an offence until the first appearance,” said Kyrgios’ lawyer Pierre Johannessen.
“While Mr Kyrgios is committed to addressing any and all allegations once clear, taking the matter seriously does not warrant any misreading of the process Mr Kyrgios is required to follow.”
When Kyrgios was asked about the incident after his practice session, he replied, “I feel like I’m in the Last Dance.” He is currently in a relationship with Costeen Hatzi, a social media influencer who is currently in London for Wimbledon.
“We have been made aware of legal proceedings involving Nick Kyrgios in Australia, and as they are ongoing, we are not in a position to offer a comment. We are in touch with Nick’s team and he remains scheduled to play his quarter-final match tomorrow,” read an official statement from All England Tennis Club, the governing body of Wimbledon.
The development came just a day before Nick Kyrgios is scheduled to take on Cristian Garin for a place in the Wimbledon semi-final. In the fourth round, Kyrgios trounced Stefano Tsitsipas in four sets. The Aussie was criticised for his unruly behaviour on the court, and was called a “bully” by Tsitsipas in the post-match conference.
“It’s constant bullying. That’s what he does. He bullies the opponents,” said Tsitsipas. “He was probably a bully at school himself. I don’t like bullies.”
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