Home favorites Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios exited the Australian Open men's doubles event after suffering a loss to Dutch Wesley Koolhof and Pole Lukasz Kubot on Sunday. Kokkinakis ad Kyrgios, who have a close relationship off the court, couldn't beat Koolhof and Kubot as the experienced doubles duo claimed a 6-3 6-4 win.
"We just wanted to have some fun out there and I think we did that. The guys were just too good, so hats off to them,” Kokkinakis said after the match, per Tennis Australia. “We lost to the better team. They’re No.4 for a reason, so it’s all good”.
Koolhof and Kubot, seeded at No. 4 in the main draw, claimed the first break of the match in the sixth game before serving out for the opener in the ninth game. After winning the first set, Koolhof and Kubot broke Kokkinakis and Kyrgios in the third game and then held on to their serve the rest of the set to earn a straight-set win.
Kokkinakis and Kyrgios won one match together at Melbourne Park
In the first round at Melbourne Park, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios beat Lloyd Harris and Julian Knowle "We just wanted to play. Hopefully it was in front of some fans – it wasn’t today, but that’s all right,” Kokkinakis said after their first round win.
Kokkinakis and Kyrgios didn't only talk about tactics while on the court together. “Maybe a little bit, but it was definitely more just rubbish,” Kokkinakis revealed. Kyrgios, a six-time ATP champion, was happy after winning a match with Kokkinakis.
“I feel like I’ve matured a little bit since the last time we’ve played,” Kyrgios said. “I’m just glad we got through. It’s good to get our first win together on tour, as well”.
Former world No. 69 Kokkinakis finished his singles campaign at the Australian Open in the second round, while Kyrgios lost to world No. 3 Dominic Thiem in the third round.