Nick Kyrgios may be out of the Australian Open but he is not out of people’s minds – or at least the mind of one reporter who made a hilarious gaffe during another player’s press conference.
Australian fan favourite Thanasi Kokkinakis fronted the media after finally winning his round one match on Wednesday night, more than 24 hours after he first took to the court, thanks to the rain.
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When the moderator of the press conference asked for questions, the first reporter to speak began by saying “Hi Nick”.
As you can see in the video above, a shocked Kokkinakis said “wow” as the room burst into laughter.
“That’s you done, off you go” he joked.
The reporter tried to continue on with his question that would mention Kyrgios, but Kokkinakis stopped him again.
“Nick is out, so you are the favourite for the Greek Aussies,” the reporter began.
“I hope so, there’s only one left (in the tournament),” Kokkinakis quipped.
The reporter’s question was about the support of Kokkinakis’ Greek Australian fans, and if he had a message for them.
“Yeah, I mean, you should ask Nick,” the 26-year-old teased again before answering the question seriously.
“Nah, nah, I’m happy. Efharisto. That’s all I can say really. Thank you for coming out and supporting.
“I love the Greek support here. It’s good, I get the best of both worlds being in Australia. A lot of Greek population, especially in Melbourne so I’m super happy when they come out and support me.
“Aussies, Greeks, anyone else, if they want to support me, I’m all for it. It’s great having their support, and hopefully I can keep riding the wave.”
Part of the exchange was posted to the Australian Open’s official Twitter account, which Kokkinakis retweeted and added, “Taking the absolute piss” with a laugh emoji.
Later in the press conference, another reporter had begun his question with “Hi Nick, ah Thanasi”, leaving the tennis player in disbelief for a second time until the reporter quickly clarified he was only joking.
“Oh, OK, I was like, I was going … well played,” Kokkinakis laughed.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis are good mates and as partners took out the men’s doubles title at last year’s Australian Open.
Kyrgios unexpectedly pulled out of the 2023 tournament on Monday with a knee injury, one day before his round one men’s singles match.