Nick Kyrgios Australian Open 2022

Nick Kyrgios described as ‘a legit contender’ to win Wimbledon by doubles partner

Nick Kyrgios has been described as a ‘legit contender’ to win Wimbledon by his doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Kokkinakis and Kyrgios won the doubles at the Australian Open this year as the latter finally seemed to have gained the maturity his career has struggled to find.

And, knowing his game as well as he does, Kokkinakis says everyone should be taking Nick Kyrgios seriously at Wimbledon.

“He’s a legit contender,” Kokkinakis said. “He looks great. He looks like he’s locked in. I had a look at his draw and I really like it for him.

“Obviously, Slams are tough but with his game and how comfortable he is on grass and how many matches he’s played, I think he can definitely make a big run here. I’m pretty confident in that.”

Kyrgios has never won a title on grass in his entire career, although he ahs gone on record saying he believes he is a top five player o the surface.

The biggest problem that Kyrgios still seems to have is patience, especially in a best-of-five format, but Kokkinakis hopes some quick early wins can help keep his frustration in check at Wimbledon.

“There are a lot of good players out there, especially it being over five sets,” he said. “There’s a lot of things that can happen over five sets.
“It’s tough to put people away in straight sets and the hardest thing is backing up matches after matches.

“But the key thing for him is if he can get it done fairly comfortably, especially in his earlier rounds, I think that sets him up really well.”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.