Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have lost their ATP Tour Finals opener.
It has been a turbulent 48 hours for Kyrgios, who only landed in Turin the day before their first match of the event on Tuesday morning AEDT.
The Wimbledon finalist admitted the only training he did with Kokkinakis was in the hour before their match against World No. 1 pair Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof.
The Aussies pushed the Dutch and English top seeds all the way in the tight 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 (10-5) loss, but must now win their final two matches to be certain of a spot in the semi-finals.
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The lack of preparation for Kyrgios and Kokkinakis showed, according to tennis commentators, including British BeIN caller Dominic Inglot.
Kyrgios congratulated his opponents in his post match press conference, but also highlighted his big issue heading into their next match.
“My preparation has not been ideal, but we don’t need to waste time training,” he said, according to local reports.
Kyrgios had been in Mexico playing an exhibition match against Cameron Norrie on Sunday AEDT.
Inglot said Kyrgios and Kokkinakis looked nothing like the well-oiled machine that is Skupski and Koolhof.
“That’s what Kyrgios and Kokkinakis are lacking a little bit – that fluidity as a team,” Inglot said.
“They’re great individual players, but there were some moments you could see there wasn’t that gelling from a textbook perspective.”
Tennis great Greg Rusedski, however, was impressed with what he saw.
“Don’t rule out these guys. They pushed the best team in the world the full distance,” the British and Canadian former player said.
Commentator Daniela Hantuchova also said: “They played some incredible tennis and have so many positives to take into the rest of the tournament”.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis looked bulletproof with some thundering serves in the first set, but their opposition pounced when the Special Ks began to hit some errors.
Kokkinakis earlier also spoke about the lack of training or preparation they have done as a team.
“We definitely don’t practice doubles at all,” he told the ATP Tour.
“We don’t do any doubles drills or anything like that. Maybe it can be an advantage, maybe a disadvantage at times because we only do our own thing.
“I think we bring our singles strengths onto the doubles court. If we try and be doubles players instead of playing our [natural] game, it’s not going to come out too good for us. We’ll just play aggressive, serve big, and see what happens.
“I think we are going to continue to play singles on a doubles court and we balance out each other well. When the other one is down, we lift each other up. We both are captains at times whenever we need it.”