Who is Thanasi Kokkinakis? Everything you need to know about Nick Kyrgios's 2022 US Open opponent

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The first round of the 2022 US Open has set up an Australian derby match between the controversial Nick Kyrgios and his best friend, Thanasi Kokkinakis.

The pair have been long-term Men's Doubles partners but will now go head-to-head for a place in the second round of the 2022 US Open.

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Kyrgios vs Kokkinakis looks set to be one of the standout clashes of the opening round of the tournament. Here is everything you need to know about Kyrgios' opponent.

Who is Thanasi Kokkinakis?

Thanasi Kokkinakis is a 26-year-old Australian tennis player from Adelaide who is the long-term doubles partner and best friend of 2022 Wimbledon finalist and first-round opponent Nick Kyrgios.

2022 has been a strong year for Kokkinakis, who currently occupies the 70th spot in the world rankings heading into the US Open, just one place shy of his career-best placement of 69th, achieved in 2015.

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Kokkinakis has also claimed his first career singles title this year, claiming victory back in his hometown of Adelaide. He also has one Men's Doubles title to his name with him and Kyrgios tasting victory at the Australian Open earlier in the year.

Where to watch Nick Kyrgios vs Thanasi Kokkinakis

British tennis fans will be able to watch the 2022 US Open Grand Slam via Amazon Prime Video, with the streaming platform serving as the UK's exclusive broadcaster this summer.

For US tennis fans, ESPN is the place to go in order to watch this summer's US Open matches.