July 5, 2022

Kyrgios to appear in Australian court over common assault charge



Wimbledon quarter-finalist Nick Kyrgios will appear in court in Australia next month in relation to a charge of common assault.

The world number 40 is due to play in the last eight of the men’s singles on Wednesday.

He will appear at the Australia Capital Territory (ACT) Magistrates’ Court on Aug. 2, according to court listings.

A police statement said: “ACT Policing can confirm a 27-year-old Watson man is scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates’ Court on Aug. 2 in relation to one charge of common assault following an incident in December 2021.”

His barrister Jason Moffett said the charge was “in the context of a domestic relationship”.

He said: “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.”

Kyrgios, who was scheduled to practise at the All England Club on Tuesday afternoon, faces world number 43 Cristian Garin for a place in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

The Australian has matched his best performance at SW19 by reaching the last eight.

But he has been marred in controversy as he received fines for his conduct at the tournament.

The 27-year-old received a 10,000 US dollars punishment after he admitted to spitting in the direction of a spectator who had heckled him during the first-round tie against Paul Jubb.

He is also to pay a 4,000 dollars fine for swearing during Saturday’s fiery clash with fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.(dpa/NAN)