Thanasi Kokkinakis admits he and Nick Kyrgios are not bringing any secret weapons to the ATP Finals as they just plan to play aggressive and see where it leads them. Kokkinakis, 26, and 27-year-old Kyrgios became Grand Slam champions together after they won the Australian Open doubles title earlier this year.
This year, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios appeared in a total of seven tournaments but still managed to make the ATP Finals doubles event. Going into their ATP Finals debut, Kokkinakis admits they don't really practice doubles but just rely on their outstanding chemistry and natural skills.
Kokkinakis on his, Kyrgios' mindset at the ATP Finals
“We definitely don’t practice doubles at all. We don’t do any doubles drills or anything like that. Maybe it can be an advantage, maybe a disadvantage at times because we only do our own thing.
I think we bring our singles strengths onto the doubles court. If we try and be doubles players instead of playing our [natural] game, it’s not going to come out too good for us. We’ll just play aggressive, serve big, and see what happens.
I think we are going to continue to play singles on a doubles court and we balance out each other well. When the other one is down, we lift each other up. We both are captains at times whenever we need it," Kokkinakis told the ATP Tour website.
On Thursday, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios learned their ATP Finals group stage rivals. Kokkinakis and Kyrgios will be sharing Green Group with Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski, Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek.
In their first group stage match, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios will be taking on Koolhof and Skupski. Kokkinakis and Kyrgios occasionally play doubles together - but when they play - they usually make a deep run. It remains to be seen if Kokkinakis and Kyrgios can win it all at the ATP Finals