Charges against Nick Kyrgios have been dropped after he admitted assaulting his ex-girlfriend

An assault charge against Nick Kyrgios was dismissed by a judge after the star pleaded guilty to pushing his ex-girlfriend to the ground in 2021.

Kyrgios stood before ACT Magistrates Court on Friday when an offer to drop charges of assault on mental health grounds was rejected.

But Judge Beth Campbell dismissed the charges, accepting the seriousness of the matter as “low” and noting that Kyrgios was at no risk of reoffending.

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The world No. 20 has been charged in a late-night incident on January 10, 2021, when he pushed his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari to the ground during an argument outside their home in the inner-city Canberra suburb of Kingston.

The court heard that Passari was standing in the door of an Uber vehicle, preventing Kyrgios from leaving as he knocked her over.

He stood over her and remarked “seriously” as she lay on the floor.

Tennis star Nick Kyrgios arrives at ACT Magistrates Court in Canberra on Friday February 3, 2023. Nick Kyrgios is set to file a motion to dismiss a joint assault charge because of his mental health. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING Credit: MICK TSIKAS/AAPIPICTURE

Passari reported shoulder pain and a scraped knee.

Kyrgios had told Passari to “leave me alone” and “just fuck off,” while she asked him to get out of the car and calm down.

Passari only reported the incident 10 months later, when the couple split after initially getting back together after the incident.

Kyrgios released a statement on Instagram on Friday afternoon.

“I respect today’s verdict and am grateful to the court for dismissing the charges without a conviction. I was not in a good place when this happened and I responded to a difficult situation in a way that I deeply regret. I know it wasn’t okay and I’m sincerely sorry for the pain I caused,” he wrote.

“Mental health is tough. Life can seem overwhelming. But I have found that getting help and working on myself has allowed me to feel and be better.

“I can never thank Costeen, my family and friends enough for supporting me through this process. My plan now is to focus on recovering from an injury and progressing as best as I can.”

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