Australian Open doubles champion Nick Kyrgios has slammed authorities for not allowing him enough court time for practice with his partner Thanasi Kokkinakis ahead of the Japan Open where he is due to compete.
Kyrgios questioned priorities when it comes to players by putting out his frustrations on his Instagram stories, targeting Tennis Australia by saying that nothing had changed in terms of their policies and he could not get even an hour of decent court time in the end at Australian Open’s Melbourne courts.
However, Kyrgios’ partner Kokkinakis tried to look at the situation with a touch of humor when he said, “Breaking news: Tennis stars Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis were left stranded without a paddle as the biggest tennis academy in the world was unable to accommodate the superstars. They gave priority treatment to the grassrooters out there, some of them so uncoordinated that they were unable to make contact with the ball after 3 hours on court.”
Success aplenty for Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis in 2022
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis have always been a dangerous doubles pairing even for specialist players but in 2022, the combination really struck gold after winning a Grand Slam title in Melbourne. Interestingly, it was also an all-Australian final with Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell ending up on the losing side.
The duo were also due to compete at Wimbledon in the men’s doubles but withdrew after indicating that authorities at the All England Lawn Tennis Club were unwilling to part with their policy of five sets each for every match during the tournament.
Kyrgios said that even though he was doing well in doubles, singles will always be a priority for him and therefore, playing five sets in both was not feasible. Later, Kyrgios had enough to boast about when he reached the final in singles because of his focus, losing to Novak Djokovic in the end of it all after a tough fight.
Lately, Kyrgios has been out of action and did not participate at the Laver Cup, a tournament he said he retired from last year due to personal reasons. Kyrgios put up a tough fight for Team World in each of the four editions he was part of, giving top ten players and even the Big 4 a run for their money but it was never enough for his team.
At last, however, Team World won the Laver Cup in 2022 without Kyrgios in their ranks as the likes of Frances Tiafoe and Felix Auger Aliassime turned out with some scintillating tennis.