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Kyrgios and Kokkinakis beaten in blockbuster doubles match at Indian Wells | Sporting News Australia

Australian duo Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have suffered their first loss as a men’s doubles pairing in 2022.

After completing a fairytale Australian Open win in January, the duo reunited at Indian Wells in California and won their first match 7-5 1-6 10-2 over the weekend.

Their red-hot form was, however, no match for Americans John Isner and Jack Sock on Monday (AEDT).

Playing in front of a full court and with home-ground advantage, Isner and Sock claimed a 6-3 7-6 (7-3) win.

The American duo were always going to be tough opponents for Kyrgios and Kokkinakis considering they beat the tournament’s number one seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic last time out.

While that’s the end of Kokkinakis’ time at Indian Wells, Kyrgios remains alive in the men’s singles and will face Norwegain Casper Ruud in the round of 32 on Tuesday (AEDT).

The duo have only faced each other once but it’s set the stage for an intriguing second contest.

Their last and only meeting to date came at the Italian Open in 2019 with Kyrgios losing the match after he was defaulted for code violations.

Ruud then annoyed Kyrgios via his post-match comments with the Aussie not holding back on Twitter in the aftermath.

“I would appreciate you say it to my face, I’m sure you wouldn’t run your mouth so much after that,” Kyrgios tweeted at the time.

“Until then I will continue to rather watch paint dry than watch you play tennis, boring af.

“But again, I also understand why you have to keep my name in your mouth, because people don’t even realize that you play tennis.”

How to watch Indian Wells in Australia

For fans hoping to watch Kyrgios and others in action, beIN Sports boast the broadcast rights to Indian Wells in Australia.

The tournament can be streamed directly through beIN Connect or via Foxtel, Kayo and Fetch TV.

BeIN Sports Connect costs $19.99 a month with free 14-day trials available for new customers.

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