Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis Make Big Jump in Rankings Following Incredible Show at Australian Open 2022

Published 01/27/2022, 5:21 AM EST

Australian Open is often referred to as the ‘Happy’ slam of the year. It seems true for the Aussie pair of Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis. The pair is into their maiden men’s double finals at the Australian Open.

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It not only has reflected in their commendable on-court game, but also in their ATP rankings. With the finals yet to be played, both the players have already jumped huge numbers to higher their ranking.

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Showing tremendous performance in the previous round, both the players have either reached their career high ranking or are close to it. 

Nick Kyrgios & Thanasi Kokkinakis take big leaps in Live ATP Rankings

Winning just one doubles title in his career in 2018, Nick Kyrgios has partnered with a number of players in the past. Even though he has partnered with Kokkinakis before, it was only at the Australian Open 2022 that he reached his maiden grand slam final. Starting his Australian Open campaign with a doubles rank of 259. Kyrgios currently has jumped 190 spots to rank 69. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 18, 2022 Australia’s Nick Kyrgios reacts during his first round match against Britain’s Liam Broady REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Kokkinakis, on the other hand, has never reached a two-digit ATP doubles ranking. Like Kyrgios, Kokkinakis also holds just one doubles title in his career. Starting his Australian Open campaign at 434, he has jumped 356 places to reach rank 78.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis in action during his second round match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Kyrios is just one spot behind his career-high rank of 68. However, Kokkinakis has already reached his career-high ranking with the current 78. With the finals yet to be played, the players are in good form to higher their rankings further.

The journey of the Aussie pair to reach their maiden Grand Slam final

Kyrgios/Kokkinakis started off their Australian Open 2022 campaign on a comfortable note. They won the first round against the Australian pair of Alex Bolt and James McCabe.

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The duo went on as a strong pair into the next round, causing the biggest upset of the Australian Open. The duo beat the first seeded team of Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic.

By playing their best tennis, the pair entered the Quarterfinals, beating the sixth-seeded pair of Tim Puetz and Michael Venus. Having all stars aligned, Kyrgios/Kokkinakis further beat the third-seeded pair of Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos.

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They entered the draw as wildcards. The duo has proven to be the goat of the draw for all valid reasons. Eyeing their first grand slam title, the duo will face fellow Australian pair Matthew Eben and Max Purcell.

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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