Australian media reported on Tuesday that tennis superstar Nick Kyrgios will seek to have his assault charge dropped on mental health grounds.
Kyrgios’ lawyer represented him at the Australian Capital Territory Magistrates’ Court hearing where he was charged with ordinary assault.
The 27-year-old Australian player, who was not required to attend an administrative hearing, is in Tokyo to compete in the Japan Open.
His attorney, Michael Kukulies-Smith, petitioned for a delay to allow time for a mental health assessment.
Kukulies-Smith said his client’s mental health issues were well known and he would seek the dismissal of the charge later, they said.
The Wimbledon finalist addressed his previous mental health issues in an Instagram post earlier this year and said he was battling depression.
“I felt like I couldn’t tell or trust anyone,” he wrote next to a photo of himself taken in 2019.
“I have lived through the times when it seemed that these positive energy vibrations would never become a reality.”
– “Doing my job” –
The world No. 20 is playing in his first tournament since losing the quarterfinals of the US Open last month.
He said earlier on Monday that he had been on the case for “months” and was working on it “day after day.”
“I can control a lot of things and I take every step and deal with it off the court,” Kyrgios, one of the most controversial figures in tennis, 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, keep gaining momentum and just try to do my job, which is to play tennis, play well. That’s all”.
He is the favorite to win the first round match against Taiwanese Tseng Chun-hsin, who is ranked 87th in the world rankings.
Kyrgios rose to fame at Wimbledon in 2014 at the age of 19, beating Rafael Nadal en route to the tournament’s quarter-finals.
Although Kyrgios struggled to fulfill his early promise in later years, Kyrgios has won multiple times in recent tournaments.
He won the Australian Open men’s doubles with Thanasi Kokkinakis in January 2022 before losing the Wimbledon final to Novak Djokovic in July.