There were ugly scenes late in the men's doubles final at the Australian Open on Saturday night when a spectator was kicked out of Rod Laver Arena after complaints from players.
Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis ended an explosive Australian Open campaign on a high 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 in a pulsating final late on Saturday night.
The victory was the first by a home pairing at Melbourne Park since the Woodies - Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge - in 1997 and comes nine years after Kyrgios and Kokkinakis claimed the junior Wimbledon doubles title together.
However the match wasn't without controversy and ugly crowd scenes that have seemed to follow Kyrgios and Kokkinakis in Melbourne.
A male spectator was asked to leave Rod Laver Arena late in the match after continually yelling out in the middle of points.
Purcell first asked the chair umpire to have the spectator removed, before Kyrgios appeared to yell: "Get the f*** out".
"Send him out," Kyrgios could be seen telling the umpire.
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) January 29, 2022
Speaking after the match, Purcell said: “There’s a line you don’t want to cross.
“Obviously you don’t want people to be thrown out. I’m not sure how it was taken overseas.
"You may get turned off a little bit but I’m excited I got to play in front of such a big crowd.”
Kyrgios said the behaviour of one fan shouldn't detract from the extraordinary scenes at Melbourne Park the last two weeks.
“I would say we’ve created the best atmosphere this tournament has ever seen to be brutally honest,” he said.
“The ratings speak for themselves. People watch my matches. I don’t think the people screaming out before points are produced by us.”
Kyrgios has demanded the culprit be removed.
And he has been escorted out by security.
Yes, that's Nick Kyrgios demanding etiquette be observed. pic.twitter.com/jkOJr91o1R
— The Tennis Podcast (@TennisPodcast) January 29, 2022
So a fortnight of fans yelling out and interruptions galore and they finally decide to throw someone out in the final. 🤷🏻
— Tim Gossage 🤓 (@TimGossage) January 29, 2022
You have to be really bad if even Nick Kyrgios wants you gone. #AusOpen
— Georgie Parker (@georgieparker) January 29, 2022
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis over the moon after doubles triumph
Kokkinakis, who won his maiden ATP singles title in Adelaide earlier this month, was taken aback by his run of success after several years plagued by serious injuries and illness.
He told the crowd on Rod Laver Arena: "I can honestly say we did not expect to come close to this but with the help of you guys all week, who have been unbelievable, and the coverage and support we got, we couldn't ask for anything more.
"It's been a rough couple of years for me personally but what a month we've had.
"Coming into Aussie Open I was already happy and this was a crazy cherry on top."
Kyrgios overcame a bout of Covid-19 just one week out from the Open and reached the second round of the singles draw, where he was knocked out by Daniil Medvedev.
The combustible star allegedly had the trainer of Croatian opponent Mate Pavic threaten to fight him in the players' gym after one doubles match and the man who calls himself 'King' was also labelled a "knob" by Kiwi opponent Michael Venus.
But it appeared mostly water off a duck's back as Kyrgios continued his bid to change the face of tennis with his unique brand of showmanship.
"I haven't had the greatest Aussie summer, I got Covid, but I don't care about rankings or anything, at the end of the day this is a memory that I'm going to share with him (Kokkinakis) until I'm laying in the (ground)," Kyrgios said.
"I'm pretty pumped about it."
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