Nick Kyrgios has amusingly told his Australian Open opponents to ‘enjoy their flight home’ following a bizarre incident in the locker room in Melbourne. The 26-year-old and doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis had just defeated top seeds Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic when they were allegedly confronted by their opposing fitness trainer.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis defeated Pavic and Metkic in the second round of the Australian Open men’s doubles, winning 7-6 6-3.
They have since beaten Gonzalo Escobar and Ariel Behar to progress to the quarter-final, where they will play Tim Putz and Michael Venus.
However, they have opened up on a confrontation they had with the team of Pavic and Metkic following Friday’s victory.
The Aussie pair used the gym facilities after their success, but were angrily confronted by the fitness trainer of the Croatians.
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“Mate it was pretty funny, I’m not going to lie,” Kokkinakis explained in a press conference.
“Me and Nick were trying to be professionals so we went into the gym after our doubles match for maybe one of the first times ever.
“I’m going to be honest, it was Pavic’s fitness trainer, he came up and smashed a foam roller against a pole as hard as he could.
“I thought he was kind of joking, I wasn’t sure if he was about to berate his players. He came up to Nick and said we were being disrespectful.
“At the end of the day we’re just trying to entertain the crowd, we didn’t mean anything disrespectful, we’re just trying to get the crowd and ourselves up. It was a little aggressive on his part though for sure.”
Kyrgios then chimed in, quipping: “Yeah, you know, enjoy your flight home.”
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis face Putz and Venus on Tuesday.
The former Wimbledon quarter-finalist was beaten by Daniil Medvedev in the second round of the men’s singles.