Wednesday 6 July 2022 08:21 AM Nick Kyrgios' ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari breaks her silence on assault ... trends now
Nick Kyrgios' ex-girlfriend has broken her silence after he was accused of assaulting her - while the tennis star's brother has slammed the 'haters and liars' who 'always try and bring him down'.
On Tuesday, it was announced that Kyrgios will appear before the ACT Magistrates Court on August 2 after he was accused of assaulting his model ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari last year.
Initial reports stated the charge came after Kyrgios allegedly grabbed Ms Passari in December 2021.
However, ACT Police confirmed to Daily Mail Australia that the alleged incident was only reported in December. It is said to have occurred months earlier.
Now, Ms Passari, 23, has spoken for the first time since the allegations emerged to tell the Daily Telegraph that she reported the alleged assault to police in December.
The model, who was allegedly pushed by Kyrgios, also insisted she had nothing to do with the charges only emerging this week as Kyrgios prepared for Wimbledon quarter-final.
In response to an Instagram comment that defended her, Ms Passari wrote: 'Thank you. Finally someone smart enough to understand how the justice system works.'
Meanwhile, Kyrgios' elder brother Christos has taken to Instagram to defend him.
'Haters and liars will always try bring us down - we keep it 100 and push forward,' he wrote.
Chiara Passari, 23, has spoken for the first time since the allegations emerged to tell the Daily Telegraph that she reported the alleged assault to police in December
Christos Kyrgios has defended his bad boy tennis ace brother after he was charged with domestic assault
The tennis ace, who will play Chile's Cristian Garin on Wednesday for a spot in the Wimbledon semi-final, appeared calm as he appeared at a practice shortly after the allegations emerged
'This is why I play. To all my youngsters out there, believe in yourself,' he captioned a photo of an adoring young fan at Wimbledon, shortly after the allegations came to light. His brother made his comment in reply to the post
Christos, who is a regular in the players' box when his brother plays, made the comment on an Instagram post from Kyrgios, where he urged his 2.3 million followers to 'believe in themselves'.
'This is why I play. To all my youngsters out there, believe in yourself,' he wrote, alongside a photo captured of an adoring young fan at Wimbledon.
His current girlfriend, 21-year-old Costeen Hatzi, left a series of emojis in the comment section which Kyrgios responded to with a single love-heart.
The tennis ace, who will play Chile's Cristian Garin on Wednesday for a spot in the Wimbledon semi-final, appeared calm as he appeared at a practice shortly after the allegations emerged.
Kyrgios told waiting reporters he 'felt like he was in The Last Dance' - referring to the 2020 documentary about basketball legend Michael Jordan.
The tennis star is currently preparing for a quarter-final clash at Wimbledon after a string of controversial matches.
'ACT Policing can confirm a 27-year-old Watson man is scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates Court on the 2nd of August in relation to one charge of common assault following an incident in December 2021,' police said on Tuesday afternoon.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
Kyrgios's barrister Jason Moffett, from Key Chambers, told The Canberra Times his client was aware of the allegations, which were 'in the context of a domestic relationship'.
In response to an Instagram comment that defended her, Ms Passari wrote: 'Thank you. Finally someone smart enough to understand how the justice system works'
Kyrgios' battle against Stefanos Tsitsipas was undoubtedly the most talked-about match of the tournament so far (pictured, Kyrgios arrives at the Wimbledon practice courts with his manager Daniel Horsfall on Tuesday)
The Australia looks on from the practice courts