Nick Kyrgios revealed he was threatened by a coach and trainer following his and Thanasi Kokkinakis' doubles win at the Australian Open. On Friday, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis produced a major upset as they beat top-seeded Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 7-6 (8) 6-3 to reach the Australian Open round-of-16.
"Just letting you know after yesterday’s chop fest in doubles my opponents coach and trainer proceeded to threaten to fight in the players gym. Tennis is a soft soft sport @TKokkinakis all because I moved and hit them with a tennis ball," Kyrgios tweeted.
Kokkinakis responded to Kyrgios tweet: "that was crazy!!
Just letting you know after yesterday’s chop fest in doubles my opponents coach and trainer proceeded to threaten to fight in the players gym 🥱🥶 tennis is a soft soft sport @TKokkinakis all because I moved and hit them with a tennis ball 😂😂 — Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) January 21, 2022
Mans thought it was @ufc."
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis sent the defending champions packing
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis recovered from a 4-2 first set deficit to force a tie-break, in which they realized their fourth set point to win a tight opener.
After winning the first set, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis broke Mektic and Pavic in the sixth game before serving out for the match in the 10th game. After the match, Pavic wasn't happy with the Australian crowd as he said showing a little respect wouldn't hurt them.
"Yeah, it's loud. They are pretty loud. Obviously they cheer for Aussies," Pavic said, per Wide World of Sports. "It wouldn't hurt them to show some respect to all opponents, to other players. "We saw yesterday also with Medvedev how it was.
"So, yeah, I mean, that's how they are here. We're used to that. But like I said, yeah, it wouldn't hurt them to show some respect." On the other side, Mektic said Kyrgios and Kokkinakis are a tough team to beat in Melbourne.
"It all went very fast, very loud," Mektic said. "We barely survived yesterday just to fight another day. It looks like, just the guys played really well. They're a nasty team to beat here and that's it. We just fell short."