Wimbledon, England. Attention to Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios, whose standoffs with opponents and Wimbledon officials made his matches unmissable last week, grew even hotter on Tuesday when news broke that police had opened legal proceedings against him. for assaulting an ex-girlfriend in December.
The accusations came on the eve of one of his most important matches, a quarter-final bout with Christian Garin of Chile, in which he was favored by victory, and less than 24 hours after he passed the test of five sets from American Brandon Nakashima on Monday.
By Kyrgios’ standards, this match was largely uneventful, with mostly no fights with the referees, racket hits, and even spitting at the fans that often happen when Kyrgios registers for a tournament.
After winning 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-2 on Monday, Kyrgios talked about how good he feels, how he has achieved a kind of balance in his life after many years of turmoil. and how he could enjoy moments on the tennis court in a way he rarely did in the past.
“Maybe this is the first time in my career that I haven’t played very well, despite playing Center Court at Wimbledon, with a full crowd, I was able to just say to myself, ‘Wow, look how far I have come. said. “I hit the ball before the serve. I really just smiled to myself. I thought: “We are here, we are competing at Wimbledon, showing a good mental game.”
Hours later, news broke in Australia that Kyrgios had been charged with one count of assault, linked to an incident with ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari. according to the Canberra Times and a statement from the police. Kyrgios is due to appear in court on 1 August. 2.
“While Mr. Kyrgios is committed to addressing any and all allegations as soon as they are cleared up, taking this matter seriously does not warrant any misinterpretation of the process. Kyrgios is obliged to follow him,” Kyrgios’ lawyer Pierre Johannessen said on Tuesday evening.
Kyrgios did not check into the training ground on Tuesday, unlike other players who made it to the quarter-finals, including his rival Garin.
On Instagram, where Kyrgios is active and has posted statements during previous controversies, he posted a photo of himself talking to a young girl at a tennis tournament and added the caption: “That’s why I play ❤️ for all my kids, trust me. in itself. “
The charge against Kyrgios – he is accused of grabbing Passari during an argument – carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison.
The accusation creates an awkward situation for Wimbledon, as well as for the ATP, which is organizing the men’s professional tour.
A spokesman for the All England Club said on Tuesday: “We have become aware of legal proceedings involving Nick Kyrgios in Australia and as they are ongoing we are unable to comment. We are in touch with Nick’s team and he still has a quarterfinal game scheduled tomorrow.”
In the past, the ATP has waited for a lawsuit before punishing a player for off-court behavior.
But he was pressed to take action after allegations surfaced that Alexander Zverev attacked his ex-girlfriend twice in hotel rooms during tournaments, although the woman did not file a police report and said she would not do it. Zverev denied the allegations.
The SPS, which has not commented on Kyrgios’ allegation because, according to his spokesman, the trial is pending, announced last year that it was conducting an independent investigation into Zverev. The organization has not announced anything related to this other than to say that it is ongoing. Zverev continued to compete on tour until he injured his ankle in last month’s French Open semi-final against Rafael Nadal.
Wimbledon tournament officials have fined Kyrgios $14,000 for two offenses this year: $10,000 for spitting at a fan following his first-round win and a $4,000 fine for swearing in a third-round match against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
He also broke the Wimbledon rules against colored clothing by entering the court wearing red sneakers and baseball caps in black or red, although he did not play in them.
“More attention to me,” he said on Monday when asked about a possible punishment for violating the dress code. “What does that say? Any advertisement is a good advertisement, isn’t it?