The duo, dubbed "The Special Ks", became the first wildcard team
to win the win the title at Melbourne Park in the professional
There were doubts whether Kyrgios would play both singles and
doubles in the year's first Grand Slam after he withdrew from
the inaugural edition of the United Cup due to injury but
Kokkinakis said they would give it a go.
"We'll be playing (at the Australian Open). Doubles is a lot
less taxing on the body and mentally it's a bit easier as well,"
"Obviously, singles is our priority but I think it would be rude
not to go out there and have fun with it."
Ahead of the Australian Open, which begins on Jan. 16,
Kokkinakis will play in the singles in the first of two Adelaide
The Australian said he was surprised by the strength of the
field for the ATP 250 event, which also features former world
number ones Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev.
"It's absurd, I don't think I've ever seen a (ATP) 250 this
strong," he said ahead of his hometown tournament.
"Holger (Rune) is 11th in the world and he's the (number) five
seed? I mean, for a 250 that's insane. This is strong for a 500
event let alone a 250. It could be a Masters."
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter
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