Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis do it again as Special Ks win Atlanta title: ‘Me and Kokky were resilient’
They had to do double doubles duty on Sunday, but Australian Open champions Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis came through both matches to win the Atlanta Open title.
The second-seeded Australian pair started their day with a 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 10-2 win over the American duo of Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram to reach the final.
They returned later in the day to face fellow Australians Jason Kubler and John Peers in the showpiece match and secured a 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 in one hour and 35 minutes to win their second doubles title as a pair.
“Obviously Atlanta is a special place. Won the singles title here [in 2016] and now the doubles,” Kyrgios said
“Crowd’s amazing and it was a new experience playing two matches in one day as well for a title. Me and Kokky were pretty resilient and obviously no singles this week, but confidence is at an all-time high in doubles.”
— ATP Tour (@atptour) August 1, 2022
Special Ks, as they were dubbed during their run to the Australian Open doubles title at the start of the year, had a match point in game 10, but the Kubler-Peers duo saved it.
However, they were not to be denied two games later as they claimed the only break of the game to seal the match.
“Stoked to have won the Atlanta doubles title with Nick. It’s always a pleasure playing with him,” Kokkinakis said.
“Second title for the year and I think we’re getting better. It’s been a great week here, a good way to start off the [American] summer in Atlanta for the US Open and hopefully we can keep it rolling.”
It was a day of delight for Australia in Atlanta as Alex de Minaur defeated Jenson Brooksby from the United States 6-3, 6-3 to win the men’s singles title.
US Open wildcards: Venus Williams and Dominic Thiem handed slots
Williams, who won at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and 2001, will compete at the age of 42.
ATP Race to Turin: How things stand as tour rolls into Cincy
The ATP Race to Turin is getting tight.
Rafael Nadal cautious but excited ahead of ATP Tour return
Rafael Nadal says that he ‘has to be careful’.
Gael Monfils’ injury woes continue as he withdraws from US Open
Gael Monfils ruled out of another Grand Slam.
Emma Raducanu urged to stick with Dmitry Tursunov by former British No 1: ‘Her tactics were good’
Emma Raducanu and Dmitry Tursunov off to a good start in Cincy.
Simona Halep hits $40m mark in WTA career-prize money earnings, only behind Serena and Venus Williams
A look at where Simona Halep sits on some of the all-time WTA lists.
Exclusive – John Lloyd opens up on his broken marriage to Chris Evert
John Lloyd believes his marriage to Chris Evert was doomed to fail as the pair were simply too young and had the eyes of the world on them.
Andy Murray vs Cameron Norrie, Rafael Nadal vs Borna Coric: Start times, TV and streaming info
What time will Andy Murray take on Cam Norrie? What about Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios’ matches?
Emma Raducanu vs Victoria Azarenka: What time are the big matches in Cincy
All you need to know ahead of the Emma Raducanu-Victoria Azarenka, Iga Swiatek-Sloane Stephens matches.
Daniil Medvedev overcomes ‘tricky’ opener while ‘relaxed’ Carlos Alcaraz ‘grows with the pressure’
Solid wins for Daniil Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz.