Special Ks WIN a nailbiting first set against Aussie opponents as the Australian Open men’s doubles final gets off to a tense start after Nick Kyrgios’ pre-game prank
- Special K’s Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis chase Australian Open title
- The pair are facing fellow Aussies Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden in the match
- Kyrgios played a prank on a security guard as he took to Rod Laver Arena
‘Special K’ tennis stars Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis are locked in a tense all-Aussie Australian Open doubles final against Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden, narrowly taking the opening set 7-5.
The polarising wildcard entry have drawn massive crowds all tournament entertaining fans with their wild on-court antics and Saturday’s showdown at Melbourne Park’s Rod Laver Arena was no different.
Riled up Aussie fans had just witnessed local hero Ash Barty’s historic victory in the women’s final against Danielle Collins.
Still in full voice after the thrilling victory, Kyrgios played to the crowd by pranking a security guard after arriving on court.
The 26-year-old crept up behind the security worker and sprayed a water bottle between his legs, triggering laughter and jeers from spectators.
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios (right) and compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis (left) talk tactics during the men’s doubles final of the Australian Open
Australia’s Matthew Ebden (left) and Australia’s Max Purcell (right) celebrate after wining a point against the Special K’s
When the match got underway there was no love lost between the fellow countrymen with commentators noting the ‘venom’ in each shot early on.
‘There was a little bit of venom in that forehand through Max Purcell,’ Sam Groth said on the Nine coverage.
‘There has been a little bit of talk before this match from Purcell about how he thinks Kyrgios and Kokkinakis have gone about things during the tournament. Just a little bit more put into that forehand from Nick.’
As the closely-fought battle progressed Kyrgios pulled out his usual tricks returning several between-the-legs shots to the roar of fans.
He also got chins wagging when he ‘butt-slapped’ his doubles partner to rev him up for the contest.
Thanasi Kokkinakis (left) and Nick Kyrgios (right) enjoy a close friendship off the court and have entertained fans with their antics all tournament
Nick Kyrgios gets low as his partner prepares to serve in the Men’s Doubles Final
Australia’s Max Purcell hits a return as he plays with Australia’s Matthew Ebden against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis during their men’s doubles final match