Georgia’s top player, Nikoloz Basilashvili, 28, has been charged with assaulting his ex-wife Neka Dorokashvili in front of their five-year old child, Lukas, having first been arrested in Tbilisi on Friday the 22nd May, when allegedly the incident took place.
When a husband and wife leave (separate), there is always some disagreement, not only with Niko. I knew there was a problem Alex Metreveli
Basilashvili was charged with perpetrating “violence against a family member committed in the presence of a minor” before being released on bail of approximately US$30,000, prosecutor Natia Guruli, who is also pushing for a pre-trial detention.
His lawyer Irma Tchkadua told the Inter Presse News that Basilashvili, currently ranked 27 by the ATP, denies any wrongdoing.
“He denies (the) charges, as he has not committed anything. There is no evidence in the case.”
Radio Tavisupleba, the Georgian branch of Radio Free Europe, have quoted Alex Metreveli, the 1973 Wimbledon finalist, that the Georgian Tennis Federation is firmly against all cases of violence.
“Everyone condemns the fact of violence. For us, because we all know Niko, it is an incredible topic … When a husband and wife leave (separate), there is always some disagreement, not only with Niko. I knew there was a problem,” the former Soviet player said.
According to Georgian law, should Basilashvili be found guilty, he could face 200 to 400 hours of community service or be committed to three years in prison.
Meanwhile the Georgian Tennis Federation issued the following statement:
“First of all, we would like to state that Georgian Tennis Federation has always condemned any form of violence. The incident involving Nikoloz Basilashvili is currently under police investigation and GFT will refrain from either announcing its position on the matter or making any comments until such investigation is completed.”
Basilashvili , kown as ‘Basil’ on the tour, reached his highest ranking of 16 last year and his record is three titles, all at 500 level, while his best run at a major was the fourth round of the US Open in 2018