Georgian tennis star Basilashvili charged with assaulting ex-wife

Ruben Hill
May 25, 2020

World No. 27 Nikoloz Basilashvili was charged Sunday with domestic violence against his ex-wife in his home country of Georgia.

Basilashvili's lawyer has denied the charge.

The alleged crime is said to have been committed on Thursday in front of a minor. The 28-year-old Georgian has been charged with "domestic violence in the presence of a minor against a member of his family". In October 2018, Basilashvili, who began playing tennis at age 5 with his father, won his second ATP title at the China Open and in 2019, he completed his first title defense by winning the German Open for a second successive year. On Sunday, Tbilisi city court decided on a bail of 100,000 Georgian Lari (around £26,000). Punishment can be socially useful labor for a period from 200 to 400 hours, or imprisonment for the term from one year up to three years.

After the allegations, the Georgian Tennis Federation released a statement.

He achieved a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 16 on 27 May 2019 and is now ranked No. 27 in the world.

'The incident involving Nikoloz Basilashvili is now under police investigation and GFT will refrain from either announcing its position on the matter or making any comments until such investigation is completed'.

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