Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios will apply to have an assault cost dismissed on psychological well being grounds, his lawyer instructed an Australian courtroom on Tuesday.
Lawyer Michael Kukulies-Smith appeared on behalf of Kyrgios in a courtroom within the tennis star’s hometown of Canberra and requested for an adjournment so forensic psychological well being studies could possibly be ready.
Justice of the Peace Glenn Theakston adjourned the case till February 3, when Kyrgios legal professionals are anticipated to use to have the cost dismissed underneath a piece of the native crimes legislation.
The 27-year-old Australian tennis star will seem in courtroom in particular person on that date for the primary time since he was charged by police by summons in July.
The legislation provides magistrates the ability to dismiss a cost if they’re happy an accused particular person is mentally impaired, and coping with an allegation in that means would profit the group and the defendant.
The widespread assault cost, which has a possible most sentence of two years in jail, pertains to an incident in January 2021 that was reported to native police final December.
The cost reportedly pertains to an incident involving his former girlfriend.
Kukulies-Smith instructed the courtroom his shopper’s psychological well being historical past since 2015 made the appliance applicable, citing various public statements made by Kyrgios.
In February, Kyrgios opened up about his efficiency on the 2019 Australian Open, saying ‘what gave the impression to be a optimistic time in his life had been one among my darkest durations’.
“I used to be lonely, depressed, unfavorable, abusing alcohol, medication, pushed away household and pals,” he wrote on Instagram. “I felt as if I could not discuss or belief anybody. This was a results of not opening up and refusing to lean on my family members and easily simply push myself little by little to be optimistic.”
Kyrgios made additional references to his psychological well being struggles throughout his runs to the ultimate at Wimbledon and the quarterfinals on the US Open.
After ending Daniil Medvedev’s US Open title defence final month to succeed in the quarter-finals, Kyrgios expressed pleasure at lifting himself out of some actually robust conditions, mentally and a few actually scary locations off the courtroom.
Theakston questioned whether or not Kyrgios would wish to seem in courtroom for the February listening to, however Kukulies-Smith mentioned his shopper wished to attend.
Kyrgios was scheduled to play on the Japan Open later Tuesday towards Tseng Chun-hsin of Taiwan.
Talking in Tokyo earlier than his matter returned to courtroom, Kyrgios mentioned it was not tough in any respect to deal with tennis regardless of the pending cost.
“There’s solely a lot I can management and I am taking all of the steps and coping with that off the courtroom,” he instructed reporters. I can solely do what I can and I am right here in Tokyo and simply attempting to play some good tennis, proceed that momentum and simply attempt to do my job.”