STARNBERG, May 24, 2020
According to multiple reports, World No.27 Nikoloz Basilashvili was arrested on Saturday for physically assaulting his ex-wife. The 28-year-old Georgian has been charged with “domestic violence in the presence of a minor against a member of his family”. The incident is said to have taken place on the outskirts of Tbilisi.
Basilashvili has been released on bail of GEL 100,000, about $30,000, ahead of a court hearing scheduled for July 16. Following the initial court session, lawyer Irma Tchkadua has said that Basilashvili denied any wrongdoing.
“He denies charges, as he has not committed anything. There is no evidence in the case,” Inter Presse News quoted the lawyer.
ATP no.27 Nikoloz Basilashvili has been arrested in Georgia on charges of assaulting his ex wife on May 21st in the presence of their child. He has been released on bail and denies the charge, which carries a maximum term of 3 years. Photo: https://t.co/itPxgl6wmS pic.twitter.com/MyIJZvNljR
— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) May 24, 2020
In 2018, Basilashvili became the first player from Georgia to clinch a title on the ATP Tour with a 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 win over Leonardo Mayer of Argentina in the final of the German Open in Hamburg. He defended his crown at the Rothenbaum tournament last year and reached a career ranking high of 16th in the world.