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Allegations against tennis star: Kyrgios admits to having pushed his ex


Tennis star Nick Kyrgios has had to answer in court in his hometown of Canberra – and surprised with a confession. However, the assault claim was dismissed.

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Nick Kyrgios on his way to Canberra Magistrates' Court: "Impulsive and reckless behavior"


On the tennis court, he is considered an enfant terrible, smashing rackets, bullying referees and audience.

Now the Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios has had to answer for his behavior as a private person before a court in his hometown of Canberra - and has been surprised with an admission.

The 2022 Wimbledon runner-up admitted to pushing his then-girlfriend Chiara Passari to the ground during an argument in January 2021.

However, Kyrgios does not have to fear a conviction for assault.

The judge classified the severity of the crime as minor and saw no risk of repetition and dismissed the lawsuit, the AAP news agency and other local media reported from the court.

She described the act as "stupidity" and called "frustration" as a possible background.

Kyrgios knocked Passari over during an argument near her home in January 2021.

The young woman fell to the ground and later reported pain in her shoulder and an abrasion on her knee, it said.

Passari officially reported the incident about ten months later after the couple separated.

Kyrgios was reportedly facing up to two years in prison for the attack.

His lawyers had therefore tried in vain to have the proceedings discontinued for psychological reasons.

depression and suicidal thoughts

A psychologist told the court that Kyrgios had a history of severe depression, suicidal thoughts and insomnia, as well as using alcohol and drugs.

This led to impulsive and reckless behavior.

Kyrgios, currently number 20 in the world, appeared in court on crutches after undergoing surgery on his left knee.

The 27-year-old later said of his management: “I respect today's decision and am grateful to the court for dismissing the charges without a conviction.

I was not in good shape when this happened and I reacted to a difficult situation in a way that I deeply regret.

I know that was wrong and I'm truly sorry that I hurt someone."

In the meantime, he has sought help, Kyrgios explained, “to make me feel better and to be better”.

His recent knee injury also resulted in mild to moderate depressive symptoms, the psychologist said, but his overall mental health has improved significantly.

The 2022 Wimbledon finalist canceled his participation in the Australian Open at short notice in January due to knee problems.

The highly talented, but also often moody Australian was considered one of the great advertising mediums for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.

In the new tennis documentary »Break Point« on Netflix, Kyrgios is the protagonist of the opening episode.


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2023-02-03

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