MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Nick Kyrgios handed over a racket as a sympathetic gift for accidentally hitting a young fan and the umpire left her chair to check on the boy's condition.
And that was all in the opening few games of the latest version of tennis played in a prized-fight atmosphere in the Australian Open men's doubles competition.
Roared on by a capacity 5,000 spectators, Kyrgios and fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis — the team dubbed the Special Ks — beat another seeded pair to advance to the semifinals.
After entering on a wild card, the pair have made Melbourne Park's new stadium their own cauldron. On Tuesday, they fired a combined 25 aces to beat the sixth-seeded team of Tim Puetz and Michael Venus 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
"I'm not finished. I want to win this," Kyrgios told the the crowd. "Unreal scenes. When we were young growing up, this (Melbourne Park) is where we started."