The adorable start of Open's greatest bromance

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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis are large mates from mode back, some superb juniors intent connected taking connected the world, and inactive loving each other's institution astatine the 2022 Australian Open. They've had a colourful relationship with plentifulness of touching moments ... positive 1 shocking incidental that sparked a planetary scandal.

By WWOS staff|12:25am Jan 19, 2022

Kyrgios pays tribute to Kokkinakis

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Kyrgios pays tribute to Kokkinakis

After dispatching his archetypal circular hostile successful the 2022 Australian Open, Nick Kyrgios took the accidental to springiness recognition to his "brother" Thanasi during the on-court interrogation with Nine's Jim Courier.

"You look astatine Thanasi's case, he's had truthful galore injuries, you tin spot helium had a bittersweet end, but the past mates of weeks person been astonishing and that's what he's susceptible of, truthful hopefully helium gets steadfast and get his ranking backmost to wherever helium wants it to be. I emotion him."

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis volition resume their bromance arsenic doubles partners successful this year's Australian Open.

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Brothers successful tennis

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis. The bromance was beardown from an aboriginal age.

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Nick Kyrgios (18) and Thanasi Kokkinakis (17) successful a mid-2013 portrait, erstwhile they were good established arsenic rising young stars of Australian tennis. Both players bowed retired successful the archetypal circular of qualifying for that year's Australian Open - Kyrgios mislaid to Bradley Klahn successful consecutive sets and Kokkinakis went down to Steve Johnson 15-17 successful the 3rd acceptable - but it wouldn't beryllium agelong until they made their people astatine the elite level of the sport.

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As they were astatine the 2021 Australian Open, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios were doubles partners successful the boys gully astatine the 2013 Australian Open. They would spell connected to conscionable successful the singles final, the culmination of superb inferior careers successful which they often crossed paths.

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Nick Kyrgios celebrates winning his inferior boys' last lucifer against Thanasi Kokkinakis astatine the 2013 Australian Open. Kyrgios was the 3rd seed, Kokkinakis a wildcard. Kokkinakis had 2 acceptable points successful the archetypal acceptable but Kyrgios prevailed 7–6 (7–4) 6–3.

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Nick Kyrgios celebrates with the title trophy and Thanasi Kokkinakis with the runners up sheet aft their inferior boys' last lucifer astatine the 2013 Australian Open.

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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis went connected to triumph the Wimbledon inferior boys' doubles rubric successful 2013. Kokkinakis had different large tally astatine the US Open, losing to Borna Coric successful the boys' last 6–3 3–6 1–6. From there, some Kyrgios and Kokkinakis were intent connected making their people successful the unfastened men's nonrecreational ranks.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios during a boys doubles lucifer astatine Wimbledon 2013. The Australian brace went connected to decision Enzo Couacaud and Stefano Napolitano successful the final, 6–2 6–3.

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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis some made their debut successful the main gully of the Australian Open arsenic wildcards successful 2014. Kyrgios bushed Benjamin Becker successful 4 sets successful his opening match, past mislaid successful 5 sets to 27th effect Benoit Paire successful the 2nd round.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis had a singular maiden quality successful the Australian Open main singles draw, beating Igor Sijsling successful circular 1 to gain a ace astatine megastar Rafael Nadal connected Rod Laver Arena. The Aussie wildcard enactment up a bully amusement successful a 6-2 6-4 6-2 loss.

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Patrick Rafter (captain), Lleyton Hewitt, Nick Kyrgios, Chris Guccione and Thanasi Kokkinakis earlier a Davis Cup necktie successful France aboriginal successful 2014. The Aussies were hammered 5-0, with Kyrgios defeated by Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau successful singles, portion Kokkinakis made his debut successful the necktie by losing a dormant rubber against Gael Monfils. Australia was knocked retired successful circular 1 of the World Group stage.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios look connected from the squad seat during an Australia vs Uzbekistan Davis Cup World Group Playoff necktie astatine Cottesloe Tennis Club successful Perth during September 2014. Kyrgios bushed Denis Istomin successful consecutive sets successful 1 of the opening singles rubbers arsenic Australia regained its World Group place.

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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis ace each different up during a superior schoolhouse sojourn successful 2014.

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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis were keeping beauteous bully institution by the clip of the 2015 Australian summer. With Roger Federer, Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka and Eugenie Bouchard astatine the preceding Kids Tennis Day astatine Melbourne Park.

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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis again teamed up for doubles astatine the 2015 Australian Open. In the singles, Kyrgios made a tally to his 2nd large quarter-finals, losing to Andy Murray successful the last eight, portion wildcard Kokkinakis bushed 11th effect Ernests Gulbis successful the archetypal circular earlier losing a 2nd circular five-setter to chap Aussie Sam Groth.

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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis laughter arsenic they ticker the reverse singles betwixt Australia and Kazakhstan during the Davis Cup World Group quarter-finals successful Darwin. Both mislaid their singles rubbers connected the opening day, earlier Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth stepped successful and took the Aussies to a comeback 3-2 win.

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Nick Kyrgios tips a vessel of h2o connected Thanasi Kokkinakis arsenic they ticker the reverse singles betwixt Australia and Kazakhstan, Davis Cup 2015.

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Nick Kyrgios against Stan Wawrinka during time 3 of the 2015 Rogers Cup successful Montreal. This was the lucifer successful which Kyrgios concisely plunged his relationship with Thanasi Kokkinakis into planetary scandal, by uttering the words: "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to archer you that, mate." Kyrgios was referring to Wawrinka's spouse and WTA prima Donna Vekic. The lewd remark sparked planetary outrage and Kokkinakis' telephone went into meltdown. "I fto him know. I made it beauteous wide that helium can't beryllium doing that," Kokkinakis aboriginal said of Kyrgios. "If he's got a problem, he's got to accidental it successful private. The mode helium went astir it decidedly wasn't the close thing. It was beauteous brainsick what happened. Obviously helium shouldn't person said what helium said nether the circumstances. But, yeah, it is what it is and, yeah, got to determination past it now." Kyrgios said that helium had apologised to each involved.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis and Donna Vekic successful 2015.

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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis be a lucifer betwixt countrymen Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic connected time 4 of the 2015 US Open. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis some mislaid successful circular 1 of the tourney that year.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis and Christos Kyrgios ticker the archetypal circular lucifer betwixt Pablo Carreno Busta and Nick Kyrgios during time 1 of the 2016 Australian Open. Kokkinakis missed that full Australian summertime owed to a near enarthrosis injury, portion Kyrgios reached the Open's 3rd circular earlier losing to satellite No.6 Tomas Berdych successful 4 sets.

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