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'Doin' me dirty': Thanasi Kokkinakis responds to Nick Kyrgios' Australian Open memories
What happens in Melbourne doesn't stay in Melbourne, at least as it pertains to their victorious run in men's doubles last year.
Published Nov 17, 2023
What happens in Melbourne doesn't stay in Melbourne, at least as it pertains to Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios' winning run to the 2022 Australian Open men's doubles title.
Kyrgios reflected on his and Kokkinakis' 2022 title run in Melbourne, which was also chronicled in the first episode of the first season of Netflix's tennis docuseries "Break Point" on "Tennis Channel Live" Thursday, reneging on the colloquial "bro code" in the process: Kyrgios, much maligned by certain corners of the media over the years in regards to his perceived commitment to his tennis career, revealed that Kokkinakis was the more likely of the two to be spotted in around Melbourne after hours for the duration of their memorable fortnight.
"He was having a good time," he joked. "I was doing ice baths in the morning, getting up at 7 a.m. doing, like, chipped returns in doubles and I'm like, 'What am I doing here?' I was the only person at Melbourne Park practicing and he was just rolling in from a night out. People would think it would be the reverse. People would be like, 'Kyrgios is the one that's going out.'"
Kokkinakis later responded to his good friend's ribbing on X, the platform formerly called Twitter, with a not-so-subtle confirmation that the story was true.
"Mans [sic] doin' me dirty here," he wrote.
Whatever was happening off the court, it worked: Kokkinakis and Kyrgios were the first all-Australian pair to win the men's doubles title in Melbourne since Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde in 1997, and the first wildcards to win the title in the Open Era.
They beat four seeded teams en route to the final, including then-No. 1 seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in the second round, and toppled Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell in the first all-Australian AO men's doubles final in 42 years.
"I think we won one match there prior in, like, five years," Kyrgios said. "We had the worst concentration, we couldn't play together, it was just a train wreck. He sent me a Whatsapp, said, 'Do you want to play?' and I was like, 'Yeah, whatever, let's play,' and then we ended up winning the title.
"It was one of the most out-of-the-blue things ever, and to do it with him, I wouldn't have wanted to do it with anyone else."