Five-time ATP champion Nikoloz Basilashvili says the last three or four years of his life have been extremely difficult as he has been battling personal and injury issues. In 2022 October, Basilashvili was acquitted of domestic violence charges by a court in Georgia in the case against his ex-wife.
But even after Basilashvili was found not guilty in the case against his ex-wife, it didn't lead to his tennis improving. Basilashvili, who is 1-5 at the main level in 2023 and overall 3-12 when looking at matches played at all levels, reveals he has been hampered by an elbow injury and taking painkillers regularly to cope with the pain.
Basilashvili, a former world No 16, is now ranked at No 173 in the world but he is vowing to do his best to return to where he once was.
Basilashvili opens up in an update to fans
"Hello everyone. It has been a while, so I would like to give a small update to my fans and people who care about me.
I have had super difficult times the last 3-4 years in my life. In my personal as well as in my professional career. The last 3 years I have been struggling with my elbow injury. I have been able to play only within 50% of my capabilities, drinking painkillers every week and having to find a new solution day by day.
I had to go on court every time with unbearable pain which drained my energy, took my confidence and all the fun I was getting from playing tennis. I am still not giving up on it, I will do everything I can and I believe I will find a solution.
Thank you for your support," Basilashvili wrote on Instagram.
Basilashvili last played at the Rome Masters, where he attempted to make the main draw through the qualifying event.
In the Rome qualifying first round, Flavio Cobolli had a 5-2 lead when Basilashvili retired the match. For Basilashvili, it was his sixth consecutive defeat.