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Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios named Fans’ Favourite doubles duo at 2022 ATP Awards

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Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios have capped off an unlikely and equally impressive season with a gong at the 2022 ATP Awards.

Nicknamed the ‘Special Ks’, the duo were voted as the Fans’ Favourite doubles team.

The break-out pair notably won the Australian Open men’s doubles title in January before taking out the Atlanta Open in August, as well as making the semi-finals in Miami.

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Kokkinakis and Kyrgios picked up a total of 19 wins from the eight tournaments they participated in throughout 2022, which saw them compete in their first-ever ATP Finals to wrap up the season.

The Australian duo bowed out of the tournament in Turin in the group stages but still put on a signature show for fans, notching a stunning upset in their second match.

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Kokkinakis delivered a video message in response to the award.

It is the first time Australian players have won the prize since its introduction in 2005.

“Just wanted to say a massive thank you for voting us, me and Nick, as your Fans’ Favourite ATP doubles team of the year,” Kokkinakis said.

“It’s been a hell of a year winning our first Grand Slam on home soil in Australia.

“[It was] a crazy atmosphere down there – the support we’ve gotten all year has been amazing.

“Thanks again and hopefully we can keep it rolling. We’ll see you all in January. Thank you!”

The ‘Special Ks’ are expected to defend their doubles title at the Australian Open next year.

Held at Melbourne Park, the event will take place from January 16 to January 29.


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