Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis coast through to semi finals at the Atlanta Open


Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis coast through to semi finals at the Atlanta Open as Aussie tennis bad boy shakes off knee injury that saw him withdraw from the men’s singles

  • Nick Kyrgios has advanced to the men’s doubles semi finals in Atlanta 
  • The 27-year-old withdrew from the men’s singles after citing a knee injury 
  • However, he teamed up with Thanasi Kokkinakis to win in straight sets 

Nick Kyrgios shook off a knee injury to partner compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis for a second doubles success in Atlanta.

The world No.47, who fell to Novak Djokovic in the decider of the grass-court major earlier this month, was slated to play German Peter Gojowczyk in the men’s singles before pulling out on Tuesday. 

Kyrgios, who won the Atlanta tournament in 2016, addressed the crowd to explain his absence, with Frenchman Adrian Mannarino taking his place in the draw before defeating Gojowczyk 6-3 7-6 (9-7).

Nick Kyrgios has shaken off a knee injury to reach the men’s doubles semi finals in Atlanta

‘I’m extremely shattered that I’m not able to compete tonight,’ the 27-year-old Canberran said.

‘I’ve won this tournament once and am probably playing some of the best tennis of my career and all I wanted to do was come out here and give you guys a show.

‘I’m not able to give out my best performance and I’m extremely sorry and I’m going to keep my hopes up that I may be able to continue doubles with Thanasi.

‘I hope you won’t be too hard on me … I love you guys and hopefully next year I will be able to compete and give it my all.’

The Australian and Thanasi Kokkinakis won in straight sets to move to the final four

The Australian and Thanasi Kokkinakis won in straight sets to move to the final four

Kyrgios had pulled out of the men's singles with a knee issue but  was fit to continue

Kyrgios had pulled out of the men’s singles with a knee issue but  was fit to continue

Fortunately for Kokkinakis, Kyrgios was able to push ahead with the doubles tournament, with the No 2 seeds moving into the semis with a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) win over Hunter Reese and Gonzalo Escobar.

But fellow Aussie pairing in Luke Saville and De Minaur succumbed to Americans Paul and Johnson, 4-6 6-1 10-8.

The all-Australian quarter-final between fourth seeds Max Purcell and Matthew Ebden and Jason Kubler and John Peers takes places on Thursday.

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