Nick Kyrgios shares a video of Costeen Hatzi after charged with allegedly assaulting ex-girlfriend


Nick Kyrgios shares a playful video of girlfriend Costeen Hatzi hours after the tennis star was charged with allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend

Nick Kyrgios has shared a lighthearted Instagram video of himself and girlfriend Costeen Hatzi at Wimbledon, just hours after it came to light he’d been charged with assaulting his ex.

The tennis champion, 27, is facing allegations he assaulted model Chiara Passari in an alleged incident in December last year and will fly back to Australia to face court next month. 

In the Instagram Story video, Costeen is seen posing in the mirror alongside Kyrgios’ sister Halimah. 

Nick Kyrgios shared a lighthearted Instagram video of himself (far left) and girlfriend Costeen Hatzi (centre) posing in the mirror with his sister Halimah (far right) at Wimbledon, just hours after it came to light he'd been charged with assaulting his ex

Nick Kyrgios shared a lighthearted Instagram video of himself (far left) and girlfriend Costeen Hatzi (centre) posing in the mirror with his sister Halimah (far right) at Wimbledon, just hours after it came to light he’d been charged with assaulting his ex

Costeen appeared not to realise her boyfriend was filming rather than taking a video, jokingly telling Kyrgios: ‘If you’re doing a video, I’m going to punch you in the face’. 

The trio then break into laughter as the video ends. 

Costeen and Halimah have both shared the same video to their own Instagram Stories. 

Costeen appeared not to realise her boyfriend was filming rather than taking a video, jokingly telling Kyrgios: 'If you're doing a video, I'm going to punch you in the face'

Costeen appeared not to realise her boyfriend was filming rather than taking a video, jokingly telling Kyrgios: ‘If you’re doing a video, I’m going to punch you in the face’

The trio then break into laughter as the video ends

The trio then break into laughter as the video ends

Ms Hatzi has been cheering on her boyfriend from the crowd as he plays his way through Wimbledon.

The pair shared a courtside kiss during one of Kyrgios’ training sessions on Monday.

On Tuesday, he attended practice as normal just minutes after the assault allegations came to light – although he chose to train on the court furthest away from waiting media.

Kyrgios s facing allegations he assaulted model Chiara Passari (pictured together) in an alleged incident in December last year and will fly back to Australia to face court

Kyrgios s facing allegations he assaulted model Chiara Passari (pictured together) in an alleged incident in December last year and will fly back to Australia to face court

‘ACT Policing can confirm a 27-year-old Watson man is scheduled to face the ACT Magistrates Court on the 2nd of August in relation to one charge of common assault following an incident in December 2021,’ police said last night.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison.

Flanked by his entourage, the 27-year-old appeared calm ahead of his quarter-final showdown at the Grand Slam.

'This is why I play. To all my youngsters out there, believe in yourself,' he captioned a photo of an adoring young fan at Wimbledon, shortly after the allegations came to light

 ‘This is why I play. To all my youngsters out there, believe in yourself,’ he captioned a photo of an adoring young fan at Wimbledon, shortly after the allegations came to light

Kyrgios took to Instagram to share an uplifting message (pictured) with his 2.3 million followers

Kyrgios took to Instagram to share an uplifting message (pictured) with his 2.3 million followers

Leaving the practice courts shortly after the allegations surfaced, Kyrgios told waiting reporters he ‘felt like he was in The Last Dance’ – referring to the 2020 documentary about basketball legend Michael Jordan.

The tennis star also posted to Instagram, urging his 2.3 million followers to ‘believe in themselves’.

‘This is why I play. To all my youngsters out there, believe in yourself,’ he wrote alongside a photo captured of an adoring young fan at Wimbledon. 

Kyrgios' battle against Stefanos Tsitsipas was undoubtedly the most talked-about match of the tournament so far (pictured, Kyrgios arrives at the Wimbledon practice courts with his manager Daniel Horsfall on Tuesday)

Kyrgios’ battle against Stefanos Tsitsipas was undoubtedly the most talked-about match of the tournament so far (pictured, Kyrgios arrives at the Wimbledon practice courts with his manager Daniel Horsfall on Tuesday)

Ms Hatzi, left a series of emojis in the comment section which Kyrgios responded to with a single love-heart. 

The tennis star is scheduled to play Chile’s Cristian Garin on Wednesday to win a spot in the Grand Slam’s semi-final. 

Kyrgios’s barrister Jason Moffett, from Key Chambers, told The Canberra Times his client was aware of the allegations, which were ‘in the context of a domestic relationship’.

‘The nature of the allegation is serious, and Mr Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously,’ he added.

It's understood the matter concerns an allegation Kyrgios grabbed ex-girlfriend Ms Passari

It’s understood the matter concerns an allegation Kyrgios grabbed ex-girlfriend Ms Passari

The Australia looks on from the practice courts shortly after news broke he will need to face court next month

The Australia looks on from the practice courts shortly after news broke he will need to face court next month

‘Given the matter is before the court… he doesn’t have a comment at this stage, but in the fullness of time we’ll issue a media release.’

It’s understood the matter concerns an allegation Kyrgios grabbed ex-girlfriend Ms Passari. 

Late on Tuesday night, Kyrgios’ legal team released a statement denying the tennis star had been charged.

Nick Kyrgios takes a break during practice ahead of his quarter-final match at Wimbledon, just an hour after the allegations came to light

Nick Kyrgios takes a break during practice ahead of his quarter-final match at Wimbledon, just an hour after the allegations came to light

‘At the present time, the allegations are not considered as fact by the Court, and Mr Kyrgios is not considered charged with an offence until the First Appearance,’ the statement said.

‘It may be misleading to the public to describe the Summons in any other manner than a formal direction to appear to face allegations, the precise nature of which is neither certain at this moment nor confirmed by either the Prosecution or Mr Kyrgios.’ 

Kyrgios was approached by BBC sports news correspondent Laura Scott as he returned from a training session on Tuesday afternoon. 

Kyrgios is seen leaving a practice session on Tuesday

The charges concern allegations of an alleged assault against Chiara Passari

Kyrgios’s barrister Jason Moffett told The Canberra Times his client was aware of the allegation. Kyrgios is pictured left, with his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari pictured right. 

She asked the athlete if he had any comment regarding the allegations. 

Kyrgios is then seen telling a man in his entourage: ‘I feel like I’m in the Last Dance’ – in a reference to the 2020 documentary on Netflix. 

The mini-series gave insight into the life and career of the famous basketball star during the Chicago Bulls’ final championship season in 1997. 

Kyrgios' current girlfriend, 21-year-old Costeen Hatzi (pictured) has been travelling the world supporting him during this year's tennis season

Kyrgios’ current girlfriend, 21-year-old Costeen Hatzi (pictured) has been travelling the world supporting him during this year’s tennis season

Kyrgios, known largely to his supporters as a loveable rogue, is being fuelled by his critics in a bid to achieve his best grand slam result at Wimbledon. 

He struggled with a shoulder problem but recovered from a set down and then clinched the decider against 20-year-old American Nakashima on Monday, winning 4-6 6-4 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-2 to set up a quarter-final with Chile’s Garin.

Kyrgios’ battle against Stefanos Tsitsipas was undoubtedly the most talked-about match of the tournament so far, and he received plenty of criticism for his on-court behaviour.

Nick Kyrgios has been seen at Wimbledon support by girlfriend Costeen Hatzi (left), who he started dating after his relationship with Ms Passari

Nick Kyrgios has been seen at Wimbledon support by girlfriend Costeen Hatzi (left), who he started dating after his relationship with Ms Passari

‘Honestly, I don’t care,’ Kyrgios said. 

‘I just smile. It’s so funny. I joke around with my team about it so much. It’s hilarious.

‘I almost just wake up and read things, and I just laugh. And I never forget things people say, whether it was three, four years ago, things that just stick with me.

Chiara Passari, an Australian artist and influencer (right) started dating the tennis star (left) in the middle of 2020 with the relationship lasting about 18 months

Chiara Passari, an Australian artist and influencer (right) started dating the tennis star (left) in the middle of 2020 with the relationship lasting about 18 months

‘I have a massive chip on my shoulder. I sit here now in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon again, and I just know there’s so many people that are so upset.’

Kyrgios was fined $10,000 after his first-round match for spitting towards a fan, was warned for swearing on Saturday and then called for Tsitsipas to be defaulted after the Greek hit a ball close to a spectator’s head after losing the second set.

Both players received fines on Sunday.

Kyrgios displayed model behaviour during his match against Brandon Nakashima in Wimbledon on July 4, after a heated game against Stefanos Tsitsipas over the weekend

Kyrgios displayed model behaviour during his match against Brandon Nakashima in Wimbledon on July 4, after a heated game against Stefanos Tsitsipas over the weekend

The athlete went Instagram official with Costeen (pictured at Wimbledon last week) last December, following his split from longtime girlfriend Chiara Passari

The athlete went Instagram official with Costeen (pictured at Wimbledon last week) last December, following his split from longtime girlfriend Chiara Passari

A statement from the tennis star’s legal team

Today’s media headline that Mr Kyrgios has been ‘charged’ is completely inaccurate. 

At the present time, the allegations are not considered as fact by the Court, and Mr Kyrgios is not considered charged with an offence until the First Appearance. 

Until the court formally accepts the Prosecution will be proceeding with a charge, and that the charge before the Court is to be applied to the person summoned to appear, it may be misleading to the public to describe the Summons in any other manner than a formal direction to appear to face allegations, the precise nature of which is neither certain at this moment nor confirmed by either the Prosecution or Mr Kyrgios. 

While Mr Kyrgios is committed to addressing any and all allegations once clear, taking the matter seriously does not warrant any misleading of the process Mr Kyrgios is required to follow.

Johanessen Legal.

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So far, he has been fined twice, and called the World No. 5 ‘soft’ for the opening four rounds – but he has combined that with brilliant tennis.

But it was a different story in his win over Nakashima where he showed model behaviour and a new level of focus.

An explosive meltdown seemed imminent in the final game of the fourth set when Kyrgios put hardly any effort into his service game to hand the set to the American.

‘Why would you tank this game? Because that is exactly what this game is at the moment’, stunned nine-time Wimbledon doubles champ Woodbridge said in commentary.

‘He’s throwing this game to see what might happen at the start of the fifth. He needs to stay focused here, he’s lost his way.’

But Kyrgios, who was battling a nagging shoulder injury, defied expectations to lock down and compete hard in the final set to secure a famous victory.

His showmanship prompted experts on The Tennis Podcast to laud Kyrgios for his calmer approach in the gutsy five-set victory over his American opponent. 

‘Who knows what will happen over the next few days but he has already done things this week that I didn’t really think he could do. I didn’t have much belief he could do,’ pundit Matt Roberts said. 

‘He’s beaten a top 5 player over five sets, he’s won when there was a circus, he’s won when there wasn’t a circus, he’s backed up a real emotional high against Tstispas and won the next match. That’s so important in slams.

Kyrgios' drama-free performance on Monday (pictured) differed greatly to his antics against Stefanos Tsitsipas

Kyrgios’ drama-free performance on Monday (pictured) differed greatly to his antics against Stefanos Tsitsipas

‘That’s how you win slams, by backing it up and doing it over and over again. He’s never really demonstrated that he can do that and he’s also won when he was a set down – he’s done that three times.’

Co-hosts David Law and Catherine Whitaker endorsed Roberts’ view, labelling the victory over Nakashima one of the biggest of his career.

Kyrgios has built his career around being unpredictable on the court, with fans and players alike unsure what to expect when the natural talent hits the court. 

The player is ranked as world No 40 in men’s singles and world No. 29 in doubles and was the first teenager to defeat a world No. 1 at a grand slam when he won victory over Spain’s Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in July, 2014. 

Kyrgios (pictured at Wimbledon in June) was born in Canberra in 1995 and turned pro when he was just 18 after forming a love for tennis when he was just six-years-old

Kyrgios (pictured at Wimbledon in June) was born in Canberra in 1995 and turned pro when he was just 18 after forming a love for tennis when he was just six-years-old

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