They were the Australian Open's biggest surprise packets and undoubtedly one of the major drawcards at Melbourne Park and now doubles pair Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have confirmed they're set to take their incredible act on the road.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis ended an extraordinary two weeks at Melbourne Park by winning their maiden grand slam title as a doubles pairing.
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The 'Special Ks' defeated fellow Australians Matt Ebden and Max Purcell 7-5 6-4, becoming the first home pairing to win the Australian Open men's doubles title since Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge in 1997.
The stunning triumph took the tennis world by storm, and in news that will delight their legion of fans, Kyrgios has revealed the doubles pair intends to play in many more tournaments in 2022.
“I think we’re going to be playing all of the major kind of events this year, barring the French Open and Wimbledon, because Wimbledon is five sets,” Kyrgios told Sunrise on Tuesday.
“But all of the events throughout the year we’re going to really try and go after in doubles.”
The 'Special Ks' unique brand of flair and physicality proved polarising for the tennis world, with some critics describing the pair's antics as disrespectful and blaming them for some of the unsavoury crowd scenes that overshadowed the tournament.
One inarguable truth that emerged over the course of the Australian Open is that fans tuned in to watch the pair in numbers, and Kyrgios insists whipping the Melbourne Park crowd upon into a frenzy was a tactic the pair devised before the tournament.
“From the get-go, I was trying to get the crowd in the palm of my hand and it worked.”
“Me and Thanasi entered the tournament knowing that the crowd wanted to see something a little bit exciting, especially after everything Aussies have gone through the last two years.
“It’s nothing disrespectful to the opponents, we’re in our backyard in Melbourne, it’s exciting. We had to use the crowd, I think if we didn’t we’re not using our advantage.”
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis went into the Australian Open doubles draw as wildcards with very few expectations, but managed to knock some of the top seeds out on the way to their unlikely triumph.
Chemistry key to 'Special Ks' success
Kokkinakis credits his close friendship and on-court chemistry with Kyrgios as a key to the pair's success.
“When I say we weren’t expecting to come close to winning it, I’m being honest,” he explained.
“We used our chemistry off the court to kind of bring us together and play some good tennis and I think we did that. “
The 'Special Ks' doubles title came nine years after they claimed the junior Wimbledon doubles title together.
Speaking in their post-match press conference, Kyrgios paid tribute to his team and said the win was undoubtedly his career highlight.
“I have won some big titles around the world, played some amazing matches. This one ranks No.1 for me,” he said.
“When I say I wouldn’t want to do it with anybody else, I mean it. It was just special. The whole week, winning each round, I didn’t take it for granted. I was soaking it in.
“Not one time did it cross my mind that we were going to win the title. Maybe when we got to about the quarters."
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