The Aussie duo of Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jordan Thompson ended their dream run at the Brisbane International with their first ATP World Tour doubles trophy.
Kokkinakis and Thompson were sensational in a 7-6(7) 6-4 doubles final win over Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey in front of a packed and boisterous Pat Rafter Arena crowd on Hancock Prospecting Day.
“It’s our first week together,” Kokkinakis said of his pairing with Thompson, which came at the last minute.
“Jordan, you were unreal. I felt a bit nervous when we first came on, but it was unbelievable playing before everyone here. There is no better 250 (level tournament) in the world.”
Kokkinakis didn’t show his nerves when he belted an ace to start the match in the first game, then more than 90 minutes later hit the team’s eighth ace of the day to award them their first championship point.
He closed it out there, hitting a service winner into the ad court, both men throwing up their arms in celebration before embracing.
The Australians totalled 32 total winners on the day.
Kokkinakis and Thompson are the first all-Aussie team to win the doubles crown in Brisbane in either men’s or women’s action.
They are now off to Sydney, where they are due to face off against each other in the first round of singles.
Kokkinakis has officially returned to tennis after 15 months away due to a shoulder issue, having played a lone match at the Rio Olympics in August.
“This feels incredible to be back this way,” he added.
Kokkinakis and Thompson were not even supposed to be playing together in Brisbane until injuries to other players led to them joining forces, becoming the first Australian pairing to win the tournament’s men’s doubles crown.
“To go on a run like that with a mate and to beat some really quality teams, and to do it in a place like Brisbane, such a good event, as an Australian, it’s pretty surreal,” Kokkinakis said.
“I haven’t experienced that for a while. To be honest, I haven’t experienced a competitive match for a while.”