Nick Kyrgios has been summoned to appear in a Canberra Court after being charged with assaulting a former girlfriend.
The 27-year-old is currently at Wimbledon, where he is preparing for a quarterfinal clash with Cristian Garin.
However, he is now facing a legal storm back home in Australia over charges relating to his relationship with ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari.
“ACT Policing can confirm a 27-year-old Watson man is scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates Court on the 2nd of August in relation to one charge of common assault following an incident in December 2021,” police told the Canberra Times.
“It’s in the context of a domestic relationship,” Barrister Jason Moffett added.
“The nature of the allegation is serious, and Mr Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously.
“Given the matter is before the court, he doesn’t have a comment at this stage, but in the fullness of time we’ll issue a media release.”
The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of two years, so it is a significant development.
It is not a good look for tennis either, with it following similar allegations made by a former girlfriend of Alexander Zverev.
No legal charges were brought against Zverev, but the ATP instigated an official investigation of its own and vowed to review it's policies relating to such matters.
As of March this year, that investigation was still ongoing, with ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi describing it as 'all new territory for us as an organization.'
“It has shown us areas in which we have some catching up to do and need to do more in the future," Gaudenzi added.
"We have received a number of recommendations to ensure that all children and adults involved in professional tennis are safe and free from abuse and protected.
“Building on these recommendations will be a great focus.”
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