Nick Kyrgios, the controversy-engulfed Wimbledon quarter-finalist, will appear in court in Australia next month accused of assaulting a former girlfriend.
The 27-year-old was summonsed in December 2021, and it appears All England Club organisers were unaware he is now due to appear before judges in Canberra.
ACT, the Australian Federal Police unit responsible for Canberra, sent a statement to the Canberra Times confirming a case relating to “a 27-year-old Watson man”
The suspect, police said, 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”.
The Canberra Times reports the offence, which carries a maximum jail sentence of two years, relates to an allegation that Kyrgios “grabbed” former partner Chiara Passari.
Jason Moffett, a Key Chambers barrister who is representing the player, told the local newspaper: “It’s in the context of a domestic relationship. 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.”
The case came to light after Kyrgios had already become one of Wimbledon’s biggest stories this year, having secured his quarter-final place with a five-set victory against Brandon Nakashima.
His behaviour on court has been outlandish, and he faces the latest of a series of warnings from Wimbledon officials having broken the All England Club’s strict dress code, wearing a bright red cap after his latest match.
He had also faced a barrage of criticism for berating the umpire in his third-round win against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The world No 40 also received a £8,260 punishment after he admitted to spitting in the direction of a spectator who had heckled him during the first-round tie against Paul Jubb, and a £3,300 fine for swearing during the match against Tsitsipas.