Last Updated: February 03, 2023, 07:54 IST
Tennis star Nick Kyrgios is on Friday anticipated to ask an Australian courtroom to drop an assault cost in opposition to him, citing struggles together with his psychological well being.
The cost surfaced in July final yr, when police mentioned a 27-year-old man — later confirmed to be Kyrgios — had been summoned to courtroom “following an incident in December 2021″.
The alleged incident has not been detailed, but Australian media, including national broadcaster ABC, have said it involved his former girlfriend.
Lawyers for Kyrgios have previously indicated the Wimbledon finalist would seek to have the charge — one count of common assault — dismissed on mental health grounds.
Canberra-born Kyrgios, known for his mercurial talent and on-court outbursts, has spoken publicly about his battles with depression and the pressures of global tennis fame.
The case was adjourned in October, as Kyrgios ready to play the Japan Open, so consultants may put together psychological well being stories for the courtroom.
“There’s only so much I can control, and I’m taking all the steps and dealing with that off the court,” Kyrgios mentioned from Tokyo on the time.
The cost has been filed at an area courtroom in Australia’s capital, Canberra.
Under native legal guidelines, some fees may be dismissed on the premise of “psychological impairment”, but magistrates must also consider the gravity of the alleged crime.
Kyrgios burst to fame as a 19-year-old in 2014, when he shocked the tennis world by beating Rafael Nadal to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.
Often criticised for squandering his talents, Kyrgios reached the final of last year’s Wimbledon — but was comprehensively beaten by Novak Djokovic.
Kyrgios won the Australian Open men’s doubles crown with close friend Thanasi Kokkinakis last year but was ruled out of this year’s tournament with a “gruesome” knee damage.
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