Nick Kyrgios, a Wimbledon quarterfinalist, will face an assault prosecution in Australia, but his attorney claims the charges are ‘not considered as truth

Wimbledon quarter-finalist Nick Kyrgios will appear in court next month to face charges of allegedly assaulting a former girlfriend late last year, authorities said.

Jason Moffett, a lawyer representing Kyrgios, told Australia’s Canberra Times that he had been briefed on the case and that Kyrgios was aware of the charges.

“The nature of the allegation is serious and Mr. Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously,” Moffett told the newspaper.

However, another lawyer representing the player said on Tuesday that the “exact nature” of the allegations was “not certain at this time or confirmed by prosecutors” or Kyrgios himself.

“While Mr. Kyrgios is committed to responding to all allegations as soon as they are resolved, the seriousness of the matter does not warrant any misinterpretation of the process Mr. Kyrgios is required to follow,” the statement wrote. lawyer Pierre Johannessen in a statement emailed to the media were sent. Johannessen wrote that “the allegations are not considered a fact” by the court and Kyrgios is not “considered accused” of a criminal offense until the first appearance in court.

Kyrgios, 27, faces a court date on August 2, the Canberra Times reported.

Canberra police did not immediately respond to an out-of-hours request for comment sent by email from the Associated Press.

“The ATP is aware of the Australian case involving Nick Kyrgios, but as legal proceedings are ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time,” an ATP spokesperson said. Kyrgios, 27, will face Chilean Cristian Garin on Wednesday. It is the third Grand Slam quarter-final of the Australian’s career – he is 0-2 among others – and the first in 7 and a half years.

Kyrgios’ run to the Grand Slam was not without controversy. He was fined $ 10,000 for spitting at an interfering spectator at the end of his first round and $ 4,000 for audible obscenity during his stormy third-round win over Stefanos Tsitsipas.