Nick Kyrgios is due to appear in a Canberra court next month over an alleged assault on his ex-girlfriend, Australian Police reported on Tuesday. The tennis player, 27 and 40th in the world, is to testify about events dating back to October last year when he was at an Adelaide hotel with the wife. Apparently both had a heated discussion about an alleged infidelity of the athlete and the high pitched sound of the brawl alarmed the rest of the guests, finally the police had to intervene. If found guilty in court, he faces up to two years in prison.
Kyrgios is now competing at Wimbledon, where he faces Chilean Cristian Garín this Wednesday in a quest for a spot in the Briton great’s semifinals where he could meet Rafael Nadal. The Australian has become the racquet’s bad boy in recent years. His constant outbursts and bad manners on and off the track outweigh his exuberant talent. Despite being one of the most creative players, there are only six interim titles on his tally – he hasn’t broken the barrier of an ATP 500, the third category of the men’s circus – and he’s never managed to shine on a big stage.
“The nature of the allegation is serious and Mr Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously. As the matter is before the court we will not be making any comment at this time but when it is we will make a statement,” the tennis player’s attorney Jason Moffett explained while trying to do his best these days lead a Grand Slam. Not without noise, as always.
The Australian, who was able to defeat Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, has been fined $14,000, topping the London tournament’s list for the infractions he details the pitch along its route. . Specifically, he spat on a fan after the first-lap win and in the third lap hurled insults at Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, with whom he had a bitter disagreement on the track and later in front of the mics. “Somebody needs to sit down and talk to him. You have to do something,” said the Greek.