2022 – Nick Kyrgios finds it difficult to focus on tennis after allegations of assault | Nick Kyrgios

Tennis player Nick Kyrgios admitted he was struggling to focus after being accused of domestic violence.

However, the 27-year-old Australian refused to give details about the claim, saying he had his lawyers muzzled.

There was no confirmation on whether he would appear in court in Canberra next month after being summoned to face charges of assaulting an ex-girlfriend.

But the controversy did not prevent Kyrgios from reaching the semi-finals of Wimbledon on Wednesday after defeating Chilean Christian Garin in straight sets.

In a typical moving performance on First Court, Kyrgios scolded and seemed to scold those in his player’s chest, including his father, sister and girlfriend Costin Hatze.

He shouted in the first sentence: “After all… I expect more.” “Something. There are five of you. Five of you.”

In his post-match press conference, Kyrgios admitted that he had found the last 24 hours difficult. “I’m only human,” he told reporters. “Obviously I read about it and everyone is obviously asking questions. It was tough. It was hard just to focus on the task at hand.”

But he did not go into further detail, saying, “I obviously have a lot of ideas, a lot of things I want to say, sort of on my part. It seems to me my lawyer has advised me that I can’t say anything at this point.”

Kyrgios added that the accusation did not affect his performance as he reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time. He will meet with Spaniard Rafael Nadal, ranked 4 in the world, on Friday.

Kyrgios’ ex-girlfriend, world number 44, Agla Tomljanovic, also had a first-court clash on Wednesday but was beaten by 17th seed Elena Rybakina.

In light of the allegations of abuse, Tomljanovic was later questioned by the press about her experience of a two-year relationship with Kyrgios.

The 29-year-old Australian said she was unaware of the reports, but when a reporter spoke about how Kyrgios was summoned to appear in court, she added, “It’s been a while since our relationship ended. I’ve obviously always kept my relationship very private. I keep it that way. I’m definitely against domestic violence. I hope it gets resolved. But yeah, I mean I haven’t had that experience with it.

A domestic violence charity called for Kyrgios to be banned from Wimbledon after the allegations surfaced on Tuesday.

Solace Women’s Aid said: “Wimbledon was satisfied that players from Russia and Belarus were banned in response to the war in Ukraine, so we see no reason behind Wimbledon and the ATP. [Association of Tennis Professionals] You should not follow the lead of organizations like the National Football League in suspending tennis players accused of assault.”

The Australian Capital Region Police confirmed on Tuesday that Kyrgios has been summoned to face charges related to an incident in Canberra last December.

“ACT Police can confirm that the 27-year-old Watson man is scheduled to appear in ACT District Court on August 2 on charges of joint assault following an incident in December 2021,” a spokesperson said.

In a statement issued later on Tuesday, Kyrgios’ attorney Pierre Johansen said: “At this time, the allegations are not considered facts by the court and Mr Kyrgios will not be considered a criminal suspect until his first appearance.”