Aussie fans are equally excited and disappointed to find out that good friends Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis will face each other in the first round of the US Open.
The main draw threw up a number of exciting match-ups for the New York grand slam, but only one of Kyrgios and Kokkinakis will be advancing to the second round after drawing each other.
The doubles partners will face each other in the first round of singles, before embarking on a third ATP doubles title for the year after their maiden Australian Open title.
Kyrgios will be favourite to advance after his incredible run of form since the beginning of Wimbledon.
The Aussie lost in the final against Novak Djokovic, before going on to win the Citi Open in Washington.
However, Kyrgios has been drawn on the same side as World No.1 and defending champion Medvedev.
If he beats Kokkinakis, he'll likely play dangerous French leftie Ugo Humbert in the second round and battle-hardened Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, the No.16 seed in the third, before a possible match-up with Medvedev.
Kyrgios will draw confidence from his victory over the World No.1 at the Cincinnati Masters only last week.
Regardless, the Aussie faces a tough draw to reach the final and potentially face Rafa Nadal.
Aussie fans reacted with mixed emotions to Kyrgios' match-up with fellow Aussie Kokkinakis and a potential match-up with Russian Medvedev.
Despite the fact that there are two all-Aussie matchups in the first round, this is an incredible draw for the Aussies. So many winnable matches.
A shame that Kyrgios & Kokkinakis meet in the first round, but what a match it will be. 🍿
So keen to see Rinky take it up to Rafa! https://t.co/zx2tWEqKqd
— Jedd Zetzer (@JeddZetzer) August 25, 2022
Lots to process with the #USOpen draw, but off the top of our head:
Kyrgios vs. Kokkinakis
Ostapenko vs. Qinwen
— Tick Tock Tennis (@TickTockTennis) August 25, 2022
— Fã do slice de direita (@rodrigoasgarcia) August 25, 2022
Nick Kyrgios is in Daniil Medvedev's eight of the draw.
Pretty much the most important note about this Men's Draw.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) August 25, 2022
Kyrgios 🍿 matches:
R1 - Kokkinakis
R3 - Carreno Busta
R4 - Medvedev
QF - Auger-Aliassime
SF - Tsitsipas
F - Nadal
everyone on this list is either 1) someone he loves, 2) someone he hates, 3) someone who hates him, or 4) the world No. 1
— Ricky Dimon (@Dimonator) August 25, 2022
Kyrgios v Kokkinakis round 1??? I hate it here https://t.co/mh8BA9qubp
— Jemma 🌙 (@_jemmacampbell_) August 25, 2022
— Dean Caplin (@deano_cee) August 25, 2022
Besties Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis clash in the first round. Oh my goodness! 😂 #USOpen
— Biola Solace-Chukwu (@Beeorlicious) August 25, 2022
And in a Flushing Meadows men's field without Djokovic, Rafael Nadal will open his bid for a 23rd grand slam title against Australian wildcard Rinky Hijikata when the main draw kicks off next week.
Novak Djokovic withdraws from US Open draw
Unfortunately for tennis, the biggest talking point before the draw was Djokovic's absence.
Only hours before the draw, Djokovic announced his withdrawal due to his ineligibility to enter the country as a result of his unvaccinated status.
The 21-time major champion, who'd been dreaming of drawing level with Nadal's record mark of 22 at Flushing Meadows, had hoped the US authorities might change long-standing rules to allow non-citizens without a coronavirus vaccine to enter.
However, after no change to border restrictions, Djokovic had no choice but to withdraw.
"Sadly, I will not be able to travel to NY this time for US Open. Thank you #NoleFam for your messages of love and support," Djokovic said on Twitter.
"Good luck to my fellow players! I'll keep in good shape and positive spirit and wait for an opportunity to compete again. See you soon tennis world!"
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