Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios have won the Australian Open men's doubles title. Kokkinakis and Kyrgios, who received a wildcard into the event, beat fellow Australian duo Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell in the final.
Both teams comfortably held on to their serves at the start of the match as not a single break point was seen in the first 10 games. After 10 games without much happening, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios claimed the first break of the match in the 11th game and served out for the opener in the following game.
Kokkinakis and Kyrgios also claimed the first break of the second set, having broken Ebden and Purcell in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Kokkinakis and Kyrgios failed to convert their first match point in the eighth game but routinely served out for the match a game later.
Kokkinakis and Kyrgios had a great fun
Every match Kokkinakis and Kyrgios played featured a sold out arena. Kyrgios said this week his goal is to entertain fans and bring new fans to the game. “My goal is to only bring new fans who might not be following tennis, to watch tennis,” Kyrgios said.
“If they watch Thanasi and I play, but know nothing about tennis, they’ll want to watch next time and that’s what I want to bring." Kokkinakis absolutely enjoyed playing alongside Kyrgios. “When we come out here the crowd really keeps us going, we worry about the tennis second.
I don’t know if we’d have this result anywhere else,” Kokkinakis said this week. “I think both of us bring a different type of charisma and energy, and having fun brings out the best in us. I think we are unpredictable and that’s why they enjoy it." Kyrgios and Kokkinakis enjoyed Grand Slam success as juniors and now they are Grand Slam champions in doubles. It was a great day for the Australians as Ashleigh Barty also won the Australian Open singles title.
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