Nick Kyrgios files for assault over mental health: reports
Tennis superstar Nick Kyrgios will seek to have an assault charge against him dismissed on mental health grounds, Australian media reported on Tuesday. Kyrgios’ lawyer appeared for him at a hearing in the Australian Capital Territory Magistrates’ Court, where he faces a charge of common assault. The 27-year-old Australian player, who was not required to appear at the largely administrative hearing, is in Tokyo to compete in the Japan Open.
His lawyer, Michael Kukulies-Smith, requested an adjournment to allow time for a mental health assessment to be completed, according to outlets including public broadcaster ABC and the Sydney Morning Herald.
Kukulies-Smith said his client’s mental health issues were well known and he would seek to have the charge dismissed at a later date, they reported.
The Wimbledon runner-up wrote about his previous mental health struggles in an Instagram post earlier this year, and said he struggled with depression.
“I felt like I couldn’t talk to or trust anyone,” he wrote alongside a photo of himself from 2019.
“I had those times when it seemed like those positive energy waves were never going to come true.”
‘Do my job’
The world No. 20 is playing in his first tournament since losing in the quarter-finals of the US Open last month.
He said earlier on Monday that he had been dealing with the case “for months” and was taking it “day by day”.
“There are so many things I can control and I take all the measures and deal with it off the court,” Kyrgios, one of tennis’s most polarizing figures, told reporters in Tokyo.
“I can only do what I can and I’m here in Tokyo and I’m just trying to play good tennis and keep up the momentum and try to do my job – and that’s playing tennis, well. play it. That’s all.”
He is a heavy favorite to win his first-round match against Taiwan’s Tseng Chun-hsin, who is ranked 87th in the world.
Kyrgios shot to fame at Wimbledon in 2014 aged 19, beating Rafael Nadal en route to the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Although he struggled to deliver on his early promise in the following years, Kyrgios has enjoyed a string of strong results in recent tournaments.
He won the Australian Open men’s doubles title with Thanasi Kokkinakis in January 2022, before losing the Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic in July.
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