Tennis star Nikoloz Basilashvili arrested on domestic violence charge after allegedly hitting ex-wife Neka Dorokashvili – The Sun

TENNIS world no27 Nikoloz Basilashvili has been arrested on a domestic violence charge.

The Guardian say the Georgian tennis ace has been held for allegedly assaulting his ex-wife Neka Dorokashivili.

The alleged crime is said to have been committed on Thursday in front of a minor.

Basilashvili was then reportedly arrested the following day in Tbilisi, Georgia's capital city.

On Sunday, Tbilisi city court set bail at around £26,000 and a preliminary court date for July 16.

The 28-year-old is the country's most decorated tennis star but now faces a very serious allegation.

The crime of domestic violence in the presence of a minor is punishable by a prison sentence of up to three years or a maximum of 400 hours of community service.

Basilashvili's lawyer has denied the charge.

The tennis ace married Dorokashvili in 2013 and they share son Lucas who was born two years later but the couple are now divorced.

Basilashvili has been as high as no16 in the world and has won three ATP titles and pocketed around £4.5million in prize money.

The Georgian Tennis Federation released a statement in relation to the incident.

It said: "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."





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