Tennis star Nikoloz Basilashvili charged with assaulting ex-wife

    Nikoloz Basilashvili is the first Georgian to win an ATP Tour title.

    (CNN)The ex-wife of a leading tennis player is standing by claims she was the victim of assault.

    Nikoloz Basilashvili, who is ranked No. 27 in the world, was charged with violence against Neli Dorokashvili last month following a disagreement, according to a statement from the Prosecutor's Office of Georgia.
    Basilashvili was released on a bail of 100,000 Georgian Lari ($31,300) and is due to return to court on July 16 for the next hearing. An investigation into the criminal case is ongoing.
      In a statement on Basilashvili's Facebook page posted after he posted bail, his legal representatives said the allegations are "false and totally unsubstantiated." The couple, who have a five-year-old son together, divorced last year.
      "We would like to ensure Nikoloz Basilashvili's fans that video footage already submitted to the court evidences our client's position and fully discharges him from the abovementioned untrue allegations," a statement from the lawyers said.
      However, Dorokashvili's lawyer says there is evidence to support her claims.
      "There are people who are witness to their relationship. There are some video records and audio records. There also some transcripts, there are dialogues of phone text messages and so forth," Ana Abashidze told CNN.
      Basilashvili and Dorokashvili divorced in 2019.