Georgian tennis star Nikoloz Basilashvili, ranked 27th in the world, was charged on Sunday with physically assaulting his ex-wife, prosecutors said.
A court in the Georgian capital Tbilisi charged Basilashvili with perpetrating “violence against a family member committed in the presence of a minor” before releasing him on bail amounting to $30,000 (27,500 euros), prosecutor Natia Guruli said.
He faces up to three years behind bars if found guilty.
Basilashvili’s ex-wife Neka Dorokashvili told the Mtavari TV station on Sunday that he “physically assaulted” her Friday in the presence of their five-year-old son.
Basilashvili denied the charges, his lawyer Irma Chkadua told journalists.
He went on to defend the Hamburg title last year.
In May 2019, Basilashvili reached a career high of 16 in the world.
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