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Australian Open 2022 LIVE: Kyrgios and Kokkinakis vs Ebden and Purcell

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Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis battle Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell in the 2022 Australian Open men’s doubles final.

The enigmatic Australian has found new life in the doubles format this year, having battled hard but ultimately exited in the singles to men’s singles finalist Daniil Medvedev in four sets in the second round.

The pair have brought a fresh attitude to the game, prioritising entertainment and fun each match, with Kokkinakis saying after their semi-final win over third-seeded pair Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos: “It sounds stupid, but winning has been our second priority every time,” Kokkinakis told reporters. “We hope to have fun, enjoy ourselves, enjoy our time on court. Hopefully they (crowd) feel like they’ve paid good money to watch us.”

While Kyrgios, a controversial figure in the game, is eager to bring new fans to tennis: “If they flick on a match and they have Thanasi and I playing in an entertaining doubles match, they know nothing about tennis, if they watch that match just then, they probably would tune in next time. That’s what I’m about. That’s what I want to bring. I think that’s how the sport is going to survive.”

Follow all the live action from the men’s doubles final below:

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Kyrgios now court in front of home crowd

The Melbourne crowd hasn’t had long to wait for another home favourite to have a shot at winning the Australian Open, with four Aussies currently on court in the men’s doubles final.

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis are facing Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell. It’s 3-3, on serve, in the first set.

Dan Austin29 January 2022 11:29

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Rivals send congratulations to victorious Barty

Ash Barty is unquestionably the best player in women’s tennis right now, and will no doubt go into the three Grand Slams later this year as strong favourite to win, barring injury or an unexpected loss of form.

The rest of the players on the women’s tour must be daunted by the strength of Barty’s performances in Melbourne, but the 25-year-old’s personality make her a popular figure on the circuit and plenty of her rivals have rushed to congratulate her.

Ons Jabeur tweeted: “Congrats @ashbarty so happy for you champ! This one is very special and you really deserve it,” while Victoria Azarenka wrote: “There is just no better tennis player at the moment than @ashbarty Most complete and focused! The way she is able to put pieces together and add a bit more to her game is absolutely admirable! What an example! Congrats champ to you and all your team.”

Dan Austin29 January 2022 11:16

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Barty joins exclusive list of Grand Slam all-rounders

By beating Danielle Collins in Melbourne this morning, Ash Barty has won her first ever Grand Slam played on a hard court.

That means the 25-year-old has now won majors on clay, grass and hard surfaces, putting her in an exclusive club of present-day players who achieved the same success.

The only others active tennis players to have won a Grand Slam on all three surfaces are Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.

Dan Austin29 January 2022 11:08

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Barty revels in home victory in front of raucous crowd

Ash Barty has been celebrating her victory in front of a delighted crowd at the Rod Laver Arena, where fans saw an Australian win their home Grand Slam for the first time since Chris O’Neil in 1978.

Only victory at the US Open remains now for the 25-year-old, who won Wimbledon in 2021 and the French Open at Roland Garros in 2019.

“It’s just a dream come true for me. I’m so proud to be an Aussie, so thank you very much everyone. I’ll see you next time!”

Dan Austin29 January 2022 11:01

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Barty’s service game speed the key

Arguably the most crucial component in Barty’s victory was her ability to move at pace through her own service games before putting the pressure back onto Collins.

The 25-year-old may have been broken twice, but she won 57 percent of her service games to love or fifteen, meaning she was able to take all of Collins’ opportunities away swiftly and could spend more time concentrating on attack rather than defence.

Dan Austin29 January 2022 10:55

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Australian Open 2022: Barty’s winner’s speech

“To my team, wow! I have said numerous times I am so lucky to have so many people here who love and support me.

“Mum, dad and my sisters, I am an incredibly fortunate and lucky girl to have so much love in my corner.

“No one has changed in our team, we are the best in the business and I can’t thank you for all the time you put into me.

“As an Aussie the most important part of this is being able to share it and you guys have been nothing short of exceptional. This crowd is one of the most fun I have ever played in front of – you relaxed me and forced me to play my best tennis! Against a champion like Danielle I had to bring that today.”

“This is a dream come true to me and I am so proud to be an Aussie, so thank you so much everyone – we will see you next time!”

Tom Kershaw29 January 2022 10:46

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Australian Open 2022: Barty’s winner’s speech

“Thank you everyone so much, I have to say congratulations to Danielle, it has been an amazing fortnight for you, I know you will be fighting for many more of these in the future.

“I am a little stumped, I would love to thank everyone who does so much work behind the scenes – it takes a real big village to put on an event like this, this tournament has been one of my favourite experiences, so thank you so much for that.

“To all the umpires, ball kids, everyone who makes it so easy for us players to do what we do – you guys makes it seamless and without you we’d be lost!”

Tom Kershaw29 January 2022 10:45

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Australian Open 2022: Collins’ runner-up speech

“I have a lot of people to thank, everyone who came to support me these past two weeks, we all met by chance and are now friends for life! It means the world to me.

“Marty, I don’t want to get too choked up but I wouldn’t be here without your support, thank you for believing in me!

“Thank you Joe, my amazing boyfriend, for taking time off of work also to help bring some normality to my life – I can’t wait for more adventures and good times ahead.”

Tom Kershaw29 January 2022 10:37

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Australian Open 2022: Collins’ runner-up speech

Collins thanks everyone for their support and gets a great reception from the crowd. “I really admire you as a player,” she tells Barty.

Tom Kershaw29 January 2022 10:35

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Australian Open 2022: Prize-giving ceremony

The stage has been set for the presentation, where Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Barty’s idol, will take part in the prize-giving ceremony.

Tom Kershaw29 January 2022 10:27




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