Nick Kyrgios arrives at court with partner Costeen Hatzi and his brother to be charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend – after trying to get the case dismissed on mental health grounds
Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has arrived at the ACT Magistrates Court to answer an assault charge against his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari.
Kyrgios arrived on crutches after recent knee surgery and was flanked by family, including his mother Norlaila, brother Christos and his current partner Costeen Hatzi.
Australian Capital Territory Policing previously said the charges related to a January 2021 incident, which was reported to ACT police in December last year.
Kyrgios arrives at ACT Magistrates Court. He is facing charges of assault against his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari
Kyrgios arrived with his legal representation, partner Costeen Hatzi, mother Norlaila Kyrgios and brother Christos
Canberra lawyer Michael Kukulies-Smith is representing Kyrgios.
He was initially scheduled to appear in 2022, but managed to find a postponement to play at the US Open.
A hearing was held on August 23, but Kyrgios was not required to attend as long as his legal representation appeared.
Nick Kyrgios with Chiara Passari in the Bahamas in 2021 when they were in a relationship together
In October, his lawyers appeared in ACT Magistrates Court asking for an extension so mental health forensic reports could be prepared while they sought to have the case dismissed on mental health grounds.
Magistrates have the power to drop charges if they believe the accused is mentally disabled and that handling the case that way would benefit both the perpetrator and the community.
Magistrate Glenn Theakston adjourned the case until today, when it is likely to be decided whether the charges will be dismissed.
Kyrgios missed the recent Australian Open through injury and hopes to return to court for the Indian Wells Masters in California in March.
Just 30 minutes before his scheduled appearance, Kyrgios was relaxed enough to post a meme on Twitter comparing NBA players Jaren Jackson Jr and Anthony Davis.
Kyrgios, a self-proclaimed NBA fan, posted the meme with the caption “LOL.”
More to come…