Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios says the experience of playing doubles with Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Australian Open has been one of the best he has had on the Tour. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, who received a wildcard into the Australian Open, continued their strong Melbourne run on Thursday as they beat third-seeded Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (4) 6-4 to reach the final.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis also beat No. 1 seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic en route to making the final at Melbourne Park. “I’ve played a lot of singles matches around the globe, but this week with Thanasi in front of these crowds, nothing beats this,” Kyrgios said on court after the match, per Tennis Australia.
Kyrgios not taking the next opponents for granted
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis are set to battle fellow Australian duo Matt Ebden and Max Purcell for the Australian Open title. “They are both good doubles players and they are obviously playing well, I’m looking forward to it.
It’s great to see so many Aussies doing well this week,” Kyrgios said, looking ahead to Saturday’s final. Kyrgios, 26, says his goal now is to make the game entertaining and bring new fans. “My goal is to only bring new fans who might not be following tennis, to watch tennis,” he 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”. Kyrgios was asked if he felt the entertaining and traditional tennis could coexist.
"I think I played pretty good tennis in the past. I've beaten pretty much every player that's picked up a racquet. I've obviously had to play a certain level of tennis. It's not like I'm going out there putting on a clown suit and creating a circus.
I think I played pretty good tennis in the past. I've beaten pretty much every player that's picked up a racquet. I've obviously had to play a certain level of tennis. It's not like I'm going out there putting on a clown suit and creating a circus," Kyrgios explained.