Six-time ATP champion Nick Kyrgios says he gives his absolute best when he plays alongside his close friend Thanasi Kokkinakis. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, who received a wildcard into the Australian Open, put up a stunning run at the Australian Open to lift their maiden Grand Slam title.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis beat fellow Australians Matt Ebden and Max Purcell in the Australian Open final. The most impressive win was the one collected over No. 1 seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in the second round. "When it's not about me, I tend to do a little better.
With me, I might go out to the pub first or not fight as hard, but when I'm with Thanasi, he knows that when I'm on the doubles court, I'll do everything I can," Kyrgios told 7News, according to Sportskeeda.
Kyrgios brings the entertainment
Every match Kyrgios played at the Australian Open -- singles or doubles -- featured a sold out crowd.
"I think tennis needs to have those personalities who maybe are at times a bit controversial, not so easy to watch or make you feel a certain way, maybe sometimes uncomfortable, I think that it's important. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter where I play, the stadiums are full, people are watching, I think it's enjoyable, it's entertainment," Kyrgios explained.
Kyrgios revealed he and Kokkinakis plan to play more tournaments together. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis likely won't play together at Wimbledon since there is used the best-of-five-sets format in doubles. "I think we're going to play every type of major event this year except Roland Garros and Wimbledon because Wimbledon is five sets.
But every event of the year we're really going to try to make them doubles. From the start I tried to put the crowd in my pocket and it worked," Kyrgios added.