Georgian tennis player Basilashvili charged with domestic violence

Tennis - ATP Cup - RAC Arena, Perth, Australia - January 6, 2020 Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili in action during his Group B singles match against Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgian tennis player Nikoloz Basilashvili has been charged with assaulting his former wife, his lawyer Irma Chkadua said.

Basilashvili, ranked 27th in the world, has denied allegations that he attacked Neka Dorokashvili in front of their five-year-old son and he has been released on 100,000 lari ($26,000) bail.

The preliminary court hearing is scheduled for July 16.

Basilashvili, 28, faces up to three years in prison, if found guilty.

(Reporting by Margarita Antidze; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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