Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios thought Mate Pavic's trainer was joking when he came up and smashed a fam roller against a pole but soon realized he was dead serious and wanted to fight. After Kokkinakis and Kyrgios surprised No.
1 seeds Pavic and Nikola Mektic in the Australian Open second round, Pavic's trainer wasn't happy with the behavior of the Australian players. After the match, Kyrgios took to Twitter to reveal that he was threatened by Pavic's coach.
Kokkinakis joked as he said the guy thought it was UFC. “It was pretty funny, I’m not going to lie,” laughed Kokkinakis, as quoted on Eurosport. “Me and Nick were trying to be professionals after our doubles match.
“It was Pavic’s fitness trainer and he came up and smashed a foam roller against a pole as hard as he can and I thought he was kind of joking, I wasn’t sure if he was going to berate his players. “Then he came up to Nick and said we’re being disrespectful.
“Nick had hit the player with the ball but that’s natural. Doubles players have unbelievable hands so you have to go at them”.
Kokkinakis, Kyrgios hit at 'salty opponents'
“They said we were showboating but it was just our energy and they were a bit salty because they lost,” said Kokkinakis.
“They’ve won their fair share of tournaments but I thought they’d handle losing a little bit better than that. At the end of the day we’re just trying to entertain the crowd we didn’t mean anything disrespectful.
“It’s all aggressive on his part for sure”. Kyrgios couldn't resist but take a dig at his opponents as he added: "Enjoy your flight home." After that, both Kyrgios and Kokkinakis burst into laughter. On Saturday, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis beat Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar to reach the Australian Open quarterfinal.