Nick Kyrgios requests dismissal of assault charge – reports

Nick Kyrgios behind the camera

Nick Kyrgios has reportedly sought to have an assault charge against him dismissed on mental health grounds.

Australian news outlets, including public broadcaster ABC and the Sydney Morning Herald, reported that his legal counsel had sought an adjournment to allow time for a mental health assessment to be carried out.

Kyrgios’s lawyer Michael Kukulies-Smith appeared for him at a hearing in the magistrates’ court of the Australian Capital Territory, where the tennis star faces a charge of common assault.

Kukulies-Smith said his Kygrios’ mental health issues were well-documented and he would seek to have the charge dismissed at a later date, according to several reports.

The 27-year-old Australian was not required to appear for the largely administrative hearing, and is in Tokyo to take part in the Japan Open.

Kyrgios beat Taiwan’s Tseng Chun-hsin 6-3, 6-1 in his opening match on Tuesday and then told reporters there was “only so much I can say about” the court case.

“I’m here in Japan playing tennis, I’m not back home at the moment so what will be will be with that,” he said.

“The next meeting will be on February 3 so that’s all that I can really say about it now.”

The Wimbledon finalist wrote about his previous mental health struggles in an Instagram post earlier this year, and has said that he battles depression.

“I felt as if I couldn’t talk or trust anyone,” he wrote alongside a photo of himself from 2019.

“I’ve been through those times when it seemed as if those positive energetic vibes were never ever going to be reality.”

The world number 20 is playing at his first tournament since losing in the quarter-finals of the US Open last month.

He cruised past world number 87 Tseng in front of a Tokyo crowd that cheered his name and clamoured for the signed balls that he hit into the stands after the match.

“I had a match today and I thought I was able to get it done and just play some good tennis, and that’s my job, to move forward and continue to try and be better every day,” he said.

Earlier this week, Kyrgios said he had been dealing with the case “for months” and was taking it “day by day”.

“There’s only so much I can control and I’m taking all the steps and dealing with that off the court,” Kyrgios, one of the most polarising figures in tennis, told reporters in Tokyo.

“I can only do what I can and I’m here in Tokyo and just trying to play some good tennis, continue that momentum and just try to do my job — and that’s play tennis, play it well. That’s it.”