World No. 27 Nikoloz Basilashvili charged with domestic violence

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World No. 27 Nikoloz Basilashvili charged with domestic violence

World No. 27 Nikoloz Basilashvili has been released on bail after being arrested for physically abusing his ex-wife. The Tbilisi City Court has set GEL 100, 000 bail for the Georgian tennis player Basilashvili and he has been released on bail.

The sportsman's lawyer Irma Tchkadua claims that the defendant denies charges and no domestic violence was committed by him, according to Georgia Today. The investigation established that Basilashvili physically abused his ex-wife after having an argument with her on May 21 in Georgia's capital of Tbilisi and he was arrested on May 22.

The pre-trial hearing of the case was held in the Tbilisi City Court behind the closed door. The investigation against Basilashvili is underway under Article 126, Part 2, Subparagraph B of the Criminal Code of Georgia, which envisages violence against a family member.

The 28 year old Basilashvili won the German Open in Hamburg as a qualifier to become the first Georgian player since Alex Metreveli to win an ATP tournament. 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.

He achieved a career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 16 on 27 May 2019 and is currently ranked No. 27 in the world. He has a 4-5 record on the tour this year.