Australian tennis star Nick Kygrios has been charged with one count of common assault, relating to an alleged incident with an ex-girlfriend.
The 27-year-old, who is scheduled to play in a Wimbledon quarter-final in the UK on Wednesday, will now face court back home in Australia in August.
“ACT Policing can confirm a 27-year-old Watson man is scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates Court on the 2nd of August in relation to one charge of common assault following an incident in December 2021,” police said in a statement.
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The 27-year-old’s lawyer has also released a statement, saying his client is taking the allegation very seriously.
“It’s in the context of a domestic relationship,” Barrister Jason Moffett told The Canberra Times.
“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.”
It comes as Kyrgios prepares to take on Chile’s Cristian Garin for a spot in the Wimbledon semi-finals.
The All England Club has confirmed the clash will still go ahead.
“We have been made aware of legal proceedings involving Nick Kyrgios in Australia, and as they are ongoing, we are not in a position to offer a comment,” the statement read.
“We are in touch with Nick’s team and he remains scheduled to play his quarter-final match”.