Defending Australian Open champions Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis not only continued their path to first-round victory in Indian Wells, but their brilliant banter reinvigorated doubles tennis.
The Australian duo beat Brazilian Marcelo Melo and Croatian Ivan Dodig 7-5, 1-6, 10-2 in their opener of the California event.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis are now set to meet American duo John Isner and Jack Sock in the second round.
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Kyrgios and Kokkinakis once again took great pleasure in entertaining the crowd in their first round match in Indian Wells, pulling off all sorts of colorful antics in a bid to animate the fans and get them on their side.
They continued to deploy the theatricality during their on-court interview.
“We’re definitely going to lose at some point,” said a serious Kokkinakis.
“No, we’re not,” Kyrgios joked with a beaming smile and a laugh.
“OK, sorry,” laughed Kokkinakis.
While many embraced what Kyrgios and Kokkinakis brought to doubles tennis, others were angered by the talented duo and their close friends.
After meeting Croatian duo Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in a heated match in the second round of the Australian Open, Kyrgios alleged that their rivals’ trainer and trainer wanted to fight in the players’ gym .
Pavic then called Kyrgios a ‘clown’ and an ‘idiot’ on Sport Klub’s wish and go Podcast.
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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis complete excellent Aussie bromance at Australian Open