Nick Kyrgios’ partner Thanasi Kokkinakis has opened up on what it is like to practise with the Australian star, as the duo prepare for next week’s ATP Finals in Turin. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis are in action on Monday when they take on top seeds Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof in the group stage.
The Aussie duo are understandably going through their training routines on the practice court, and Kokkinakis has admitted the pair have a peculiar way of preparing for their doubles matches, claiming that they do no doubles-based drills at all.
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“We definitely don’t practise doubles at all. We don’t do any doubles drills or anything like that,” Kokkinakis told the ATP website.“Maybe it can be an advantage, maybe a disadvantage at times because we only do our own thing.”
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Instead the 26-year-old from Adelaide claimed it is more important to practice as single players, so they do not sway away from their natural game. He went on: “If we try to be doubles players instead of playing our [natural] game, it’s not going to come out too good for us.
Thanasi Kokkinakis has opened up on his training with Nick Kyrgios
“We’ll just play aggressive, serve big, and see what happens. I think we are going to continue to play singles on a doubles court and we balance out each other well. When the other one is down, we lift each other up. We both are captains at times whenever we need it.”
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Whilst their approach is peculiar, it is undoubtedly effective after the pair were crowned Grand Slam champions on home soil after winning the Australian Open doubles title in January. Their next big task comes in Turin, and it is one Kokkinakis is looking forward to.
Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis will compete in Turin
He said: “It’s [going to be] a pretty awesome experience. I don’t think it’s something we expected coming into the year. To do it with such a good mate, there’s going to be good energy out there. It should be fun, it’s a new experience for us both.
“It’s a massive event. We’d love to have the Italian fans going nuts.“Wherever we’ve played this year the crowds have been packed with unbelievable energy. It’s pretty fun for us. Hopefully it can be a continuing thing going forward.”