Nick Kyrgios lost early at the Australian Open singles, but that didn’t stop him from winning the limelight, as he often does at his hometown Grand Slam.
Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, his close friend and fellow Australian, received a wild card in the doubles draw. They won the competition using a combination of skill and proficiency that turned their matches into raucous celebrations, the furthest from the usual routines involved. tennis.
They made their message clear to the fans – drink up and make some noise. For purists it is a sacrifice: an ostentatious display of masculinity and a toxic style rather than immodest, disrespectful, like all bust and ball volleys. used by Kyrgios. The moves are used as weapons and to keep themselves and the crowd entertained.
Entertainment won’t be an issue on Saturday, with the all-Australia men’s doubles final featuring Kyrgios and Kokkinakis against compatriots Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell.
For Kyrgios, the better the performance, the better the tennis. And the louder and more annoying a fan can make an opponent, the more likely he is to dominate.
“Playing for them is more important than success in tennis,” Kyrgios, who wears the basketball singles during his matches, said of his supporters after he and Kokkinakis won the quarterfinals. During that match, the Australian Open television network continued to cut out Rafael Nadal’s five-set horror film against Denis Shapovalov to cover Kyrgios-Kokkinakis’ performance.
“The level of entertainment is different,” Kyrgios said. With Kyrgios leading Australia’s men’s tennis, that’s always been the case.
Kyrgios, right, and Kokkinakis during their quarter-final win at the 2022 Australian Open last week.
Kyrgios in his first round win at the Open. Kyrgios has said that John Cain Arena is his favorite field to play and the tournament schedules many of his matches there.
Young fans surround Kyrgios as he signs autographs after practice at the National Tennis Center in Australia last week. While security tried to move him quickly through the crowd, he stopped to joke and take selfies with as many people as he could, and he signed until asked to move on.
Kyrgios greets his girlfriend, Costeen Hatzi, after her semi-final victory over Kokkinakis in the men’s doubles.
Following his semi-final victory, Kyrgios met his support team and family for dinner at Nobu restaurant in Melbourne.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis defeated top seed partners Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić of Croatia in a nasty match on day 5 of the Australian Open.
Fans are overjoyed ahead of Kyrgios’ first game. His opponent, England qualifier Liam Broady, described the atmosphere as “unbelievable” in a post-match interview but also said he found the experience “absolutely horrible ” after being taunted during the match when Kyrgios won, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
Kyrgios, who is known to draw a younger and more vocal crowd to his matches, vented his frustration to the crowd after someone shouted at his serve. He then lost points.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/28/sports/tennis/nick-kyrgios-thanasi-kokkinakis-australian-open.html Nick Kyrgios aims for doubles title at Australian Open