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’ 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 duo 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 work and sprayed a water bottle between his legs, triggering laughter and jeers from spectators.
When the match got underway there was no love lost between the fellow countrymen with commentators noting the ‘venom’ in each shot.
‘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.’