Nick Kyrgios 'threw his doubles partner under the bus', embarrassing Thanasi Kokkinakis in their post-match press conference with a cheeky comment.
The Australian duo breezed through their opening-round match against Julian Knowle and Lloyd Harris in straight sets, 6-2 6-4, to reach the second round.
When conversation in their press conference after the match moved to tactics and communication around the court, Kyrgios seized on the opportunity to embarrass his partner.
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"I don't know, there was actually a bit of talk out there today, tactical wise," Kyrgios said, in response to Kokkinakis suggesting there was, "One per cent tactical" communication between them.
Well I'm a taken man, so he was talking to me about girls most of the time!
'He's just thrown me under the bus!' - Kyrgios embarrasses Kokkinakis with 'girls' comment
"What?!" Kokkinakis hit back.
He's just thrown me under the bus right here!
"But that's not true," he continued, his face suddenly bright red.
"We were just having fun. It was definitely more just rubbish."
There was drama in the match before it even began when
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis received a time violation
for being too slow to leave their chairs.
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"But we were waiting for you to say, 'Time'," argued Kyrgios.
"So you can't just give us a warning? You can just say, 'Are you guys ready?', or? Nah, you're doing a good job! Very good."
Then to close out the match, Kyrgios fired a huge ace outwide before hammering another ball out of the stadium in delight.
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Next up for Kyrgios and Kokkinakis will be a second-round clash with fourth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Wesley Koolhof.
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