For the first time in 42 years, the Australian Open Men’s Doubles Final will be an all Australian affair. Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis will face Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell.
The unseeded finalists upset the third and second seeds on Thursday in Melbourne. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis defeated Horacio Zeballos and Marcel Granollers, 7-6(4), 6-4 at Rod Laver Arena. Meanwhile, at Margaret Court Arena, Ebden and Purcell defeated 2020 Australian Open champions Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-3, 7-6(9).
“I’ve played a lot of singles matches around the globe with amazing atmospheres,” Kyrgios said after winning their match in the on-court interview. “This week with Thanasi, playing in front of you, nothing beats this. This is insane.”
The 2022 Australian Open men’s doubles final will be played Saturday, January 29, following the women’s singles final. Ash Barty made history by being the first Australian woman to qualify for the Australian Open final in 42 years, and will be taking on 28-year-old world number 27, American Danielle Collins.
The last time two all-Australian teams met in an Australian Open men’s doubles final was back in 1980. In that year, Mark Edmondson and Kim Warrick worked together to ultimately defeat Peter McNamara and Paul McNamee.
Fans will be able to watch every match of the AO – including the men’s doubles final – live and free on Channel Nine, 9Gem, and streamed on 9Now.
Stan Sport will stream every match of the Australian Open and the pre-tournaments ad-free, live and on-demand. Having recently secured rights to the US Open, the Australian Open is the final piece in Stan Sport’s Grand Slam Tennis coverage following the success of Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2021.