Talk about an unlikely pairing…
Just months after their tense clash at Wimbledon, Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas have teamed up to play doubles at the Diriyah Tennis Cup.
After both losing their opening matches at the Saudi Arabia-based tournament, Kyrgios and Tsitsipas were automatically put together as a doubles duo.
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The pair lost their match against Hubert Hurkacz and Dominic Stricker 7-6(3) 7-6(3), but most of the attention was on how the newly-formed duo played alongside each other.
Tensions previously boiled over between Kyrgios and Tsitsipas when they faced off in a fiery encounter at the All England Club in July.
In that match, the Greek world No. 4 casually sent a backhand into the stands, with Kyrgios taking issue, stopping play to yell at the umpire and refusing to resume the match for several minutes.
Tsitipas then appeared to spike a ball toward Kyrgios later in the tie, further igniting the animosity between the pair.
Following the match, Tsitsipas accused his opponent of being a ‘bully’, before Kyrgios hit back claiming his rival has ‘serious issues’.
Their spat then continued on social media months later, with Kyrgios responding to a claim by Tsitsipas’ mother that the Australian plays ‘dirty tennis’.
Kyrgios on Tsitsipas: “He’s got some serious issues. I’m good in the locker room, I’ve got many friends…he’s not liked. Let’s just put that there.” pic.twitter.com/L7ufKLHZxY
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) July 2, 2022
This time around, however, it seemed that they were able to put any disagreements aside for their unlikely doubles match.
Whilst some fans spotted a frosty moment between the pair during a change of ends, there did not appear to be any animosity between the two players.
I don’t think they’ve said one word to each other. pic.twitter.com/KlypXTb4lQ
— Del🇪🇺 mastodon.world/@Stroppa_Del (@Stroppa_Del) December 9, 2022
In fact, they both addressed the awkward pairing online prior to the clash.
When the draw was announced, Kyrgios tweeted “Doubles with tsitsi tonight”, to which Tsitsipas responded “Who would have thought”.
Who would have thought https://t.co/faDEm0lXmd
— Stefanos Tsitsipas (@steftsitsipas) December 9, 2022
The loss means that both Kyrgios and Tsitsipas are now eliminated from the Diriyah Tennis Cup.
Matteo Berrettini and Andrey Rublev will play Hurkacz and Stricker in the doubles final, whilst Daniil Medvedev and Taylor Fritz will compete in the singles final.