Australian Open 2022: Nick Kyrgios Thanasi Kokkinakis doubles, crowd reaction, semi-final venue, win in quarter-final, video, news

Tennis has never seen anything like it.

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis are through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open doubles after another utterly bonkers crowd saw them take down a third set of seeds, Tim Puetz and Michael Venus, 7-5 3-6 6-3.

Inside Kia Arena, which is accessible on a cheap Melbourne Park ground pass, the crowd was more reminiscent of a footy match than your traditional tennis experience.

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Kokkinakis summed up what he wanted from the fans after the win: “Sink piss and come here”.

He and Kyrgios also called for their semi-final to be played on the same court rather than centre court, where expensive tickets are required to get in.

Tensions threatened to boil over when the partisan crowd got under the skin of Michael Venus, who started to act like a pro wrestling heel in response.

Kyrgios then mocked Venus.

“This is chaotic at the moment, it’s unprecedented,” Sam Groth said on Nine.

The only thing Groth could compare it to was playing against the Murray brothers in the UK during the Davis Cup, but even this was much more aggressive.

Kyrgios and Kokkinakis will face third seeds Marcel Grannolers (Spain) and Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) in the semi-finals, potentially on Rod Laver Arena rather than their preferred more-public court.

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