Australian tennis star, Nick Kyrgios has expressed sadness after defeating compatriot and good friend Thanasi Kokkinakis at the ongoing U.S open tournament.
Kyrgios posited that he hopes and prays that he wouldn’t have a course to play against his very good friend again in any Grand slam.
Kyrgios defeated Kokkinakis in three straight sets, 6-4 6-4 7-6 to proceed to the next round of the U.S open.
Both tennis stars won the men’s double category at the Australian Open back in January 2022.
The U.S Open marked the first time both players will square up against each other in a major competition.
It was clear for all to see how Kyrgios did not enjoy facing his compatriot at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Kygrios will now play Benjamin Bonzi in the next round of the tournament
Bonzi on the other hand, claimed a five-set victory over fellow Frenchman Ugo Humbert, 7-6(1), 6-1, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2.
“When we both saw the draw, it was a nightmare, honestly,” Kyrgios said of facing Kokkinakis.
“We never want to play each other. I’ve just got so much respect for him. I can’t wait to get out there and play doubles with him on the right side of the net.
“We just know each other’s games like the back of our hand. We’ve played together since we were about nine years old. He knows my game well. I know his game extremely well.
“I just played the bigger points well early on. We’re going to play each other, hopefully, never again.”
Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios is an Australian professional tennis player. In singles, Kyrgios’ career-high ATP singles ranking of world No. 13 was achieved on 24 October 2016