Nick Kyrgios’s mother Norlaila is reported to have been held up at gunpoint in Canberra on Monday, as part of an incident which resulted in Kyrgios’s Tesla being stolen.
According to the Australian broadcaster ABC, the story reached a disastrous conclusion for the thief, and a happy one for the Kyrgios family. Kyrgios was able to use his Tesla app to track the car and then slow it down, thus allowing the police to overtake and apprehend the culprit.
ABC reported these details on the basis of court documents filed shortly after the arrest. According to the records, Norlaila was threatened at gunpoint by a man who demanded the keys to the Tesla. She called out to Nick, who was nearby. Then, as the thief drove away, they rang the police.
The chase was reported to have ended soon after the car had entered a school zone, whereupon a 32-year-old man was arrested and charged with five offences including aggravated robbery, driving a stolen vehicle, furious driving, and failing to stop for police.
Norlaila was a born a Malaysian princess, but emigrated to Australia in her 20s to forge a new life as a computer engineer. She would go on to marry Giorgos Kyrgios, a house-painter with Greek ancestry, and start a family.
Last year’s Wimbledon runner-up, Kyrgios has barely featured on the professional tour at all this season after undergoing an operation on his knee.
He made a court appearance in early February after his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari accused him of pushing her over in the street.
Kyrgios did not contest the charges, but he was let off without a conviction. The presiding magistrate, Jane Campbell, described it as a case of “low-level” seriousness, and suggested that Kyrgios was not at risk of reoffending.