Nick Kyrgios’ lawyers hope to have a charge of assault dismissed on mental health grounds. This year’s Wimbledon runner-up Kyrgios is facing a charge related to an incident involving his ex-girlfriend, Chiara Passari.
On Tuesday, Kyrgios’ case was heard in the Australian Capital Territory Criminal Court. Kyrgios, who is competing in the ATP 500 in Japan this week, was represented by his lawyers in court.
Michael Kukulies-Smith, the lawyer representing Kyrgios, asked the court for an adjournment so mental health reports could be prepared. After reviewing Kyrgios’ medical records since 2015, Kukulies-Smith felt it was appropriate to make such a request.
The processing of this application is scheduled for February 3. If Kyrgios is convicted of assault, he faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
Kyrgios will appear in court at the next hearing.
“My client prefers to attend in person,” Kukulies-Smith said. Earlier this year, Kyrgios opened up about his battle with depression and suicidal thoughts.
A few years ago, Kyrgios was in a dark place and he completely lost trust in people, even his friends and family. “That was me 3 years ago at the Australian Open,” Kyrgios wrote in an Instagram post.
“Most people would assume I’m mentally fine or enjoying my life, it was one of my darkest times. If you look closely, on my right arm you can see my self-harm.
I had suicidal thoughts and literally had trouble getting out of bed, let alone performing in front of millions of people. I felt lonely, depressed, negative, abused alcohol and drugs, pushed my family and friends away.
I felt like I couldn’t talk to or trust anyone. It’s because I didn’t open up, refused to lean on loved ones and gradually forced myself to be positive.
I know everyday life can seem extremely exhausting, sometimes impossible, but we need to talk about it.”