Nick Kyrgios Avoids Conviction After ‘Act of Stupidity’
NICK Kyrgios has avoided conviction despite admitting he pushed his ex onto the pavement during a row.
The Australian tennis star, 27, pleaded guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend Chiari Passari in his hometown of Canberra in January 2021.
Nick Kyrgios arriving at court in Canberra on February 3Credit: AP
The tennis star, 27, pictured at Wimbledon in 2022Credit: Getty
But Magistrate Jane Campbell spared Kyrgios a criminal record by dismissing the offence as it was at the low end of seriousness for a common assault, and was not premeditated.
Campbell described it as an “act of stupidity and frustration”.
Kyrgios, who was using crutches following recent surgery on his left knee, didn’t speak to reporters as he left court but issued a statement through a management company.
The 2022 Wimbledon runner-up said: “I respect today’s ruling and am grateful to the court for dismissing the charges without conviction.
“I was not in a good place when this took place and I reacted to a difficult situation in a way I deeply regret.
“I know it wasn’t OK and Im sincerely sorry for the hurt I caused.”
Kyrgios and Passari were rowing outside her apartment on January 10, 2012, when he decided to call an Uber.
Passari stood in the way of him closing the front passenger side door, and the driver refused to leave with it open.
World number 20 Kyrgios eventually pushed Passari, causing her to fall onto the pavement and graze her knee.
Passari signed a police statement alleging the assault 11 months later, after her relationship with Kyrgios had ended.
Psychologist Sam Borenstein told the Australian Capital Territory Magistrates Court Kyrgios had suffered major depressive episodes in the past and had used alcohol and drugs to cope.
Kyrgios’ mental health led to impulsive and reckless behavior, Borenstein said.
He added that the tennis ace’s recent knee injury had resulted in mild to moderate symptoms of depression, but his mental health was improving.
It comes after Kyrgios pulled out of the Australian Open after suffering a knee injury.
He explained that he was not fit enough to participate following the discovery of a parameniscal cyst growing in his left meniscus.
Kyrgios won the men’s doubles title with Thansai Kokkinakis in 2022.
Kyrgios is using crutches after surgery on his left kneeCredit: AFP
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