Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios has been charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend following an incident from December 21, according to The Canberra Times.
Kyrgios is due to make an appearance at court in Canberra on Tuesday, Aug. 2.
“(Police) can confirm a 27-year-old Watson man is scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates court … in relation to one charge of common assault following an incident in December 2021,” ACT Police said in a statement on Tuesday.
Kyrgios can face up to two years in jail – the maximum sentence for common assault – if he’s found guilty.
Kyrgios' lawyer Jason Moffett claims his client is aware of the allegation and is taking the matter "very seriously."
"It's in the context of a domestic relationship," Mr. Moffett told The Canberra Times.
Kyrgios, the 40th-ranked tennis player in the world, is set to play the quarterfinals of Wimbledon on Wednesday against Chile's Cristian Garin.
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“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.”
Kyrgios is known for his outbursts on court and has been fined $14,000 at this year’s Wimbledon so far.
In his opening match against Britain's Paul Jubb, he was penalized for spitting in the direction of a spectator he said was disrespecting him and again after his third round win against Stefanos Tsitsipas, he was fined $4,000 for an audible obscenity.
Anyone affected by domestic violence can receive help, advice, information or crisis intervention by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visiting the website thehotline.org.