Nick Kyrgios: Australian tennis star avoids conviction for assault
Appearing in the Canberra Magistrates Court, the 27-year-old tennis player admitted punching his ex-girlfriend, Chiara Pasari, after an argument outside their apartment on January 10, 2021.
Kyrgios wanted the assault charge dismissed on mental health grounds but the court rejected it.
Instead, Magistrate Beth Campbell heard his guilty plea and then dismissed the charge, acknowledging the “low level” of the case meant a conviction was not warranted.
“I respect today’s decision and am grateful to the court for dismissing the charges without conviction. I was not in a good place when this happened and I reacted to a difficult situation in a way that I deeply regret. ” he said.
“Mental health is hard. Life can seem overwhelming. But I’ve found that getting help and working on myself has helped me feel better and get better,” she added.
Kyrgios, ranked 20th in the world, was runner-up in men’s singles at Wimbledon last year and won the men’s doubles title at the 2022 Australian Open with partner Thanasi Kokkinakis.