Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas team up in Diriyah Tennis Cup doubles

Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas buried the hatchet to form an unlikely doubles pairing at the Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia.

The tennis superstars were at loggerheads during an explosive Wimbledon clash in July.

Kyrgios won the third round match on his way to the final as Tsitsipas accused the Australian of “bullying” opponents and having a “very evil side”.

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Kyrgios hit back by calling the Greek “soft” among other things.

But the duo were forced to work together in Riyadh after both were knocked out of the singles draw and placed together in the doubles.

”Who would have thought,” Tsitsipas wrote on Twitter after Kyrgios advertised the match against Hubert Hurkacz and Dominic Stricker.

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Hurkacz and Stricker won the tie 7-6(3), 7-6(3) but all eyes were on how Kyrgios and Tsitsipas were getting on.

It was fair to say the body language was mixed – not saying a lot together in between games but playing together amicably.

Kyrgios later shared a photo of he and Tsitsipas on Instagram with the caption: “how it’s going vs how it started”.

American Taylor Fritz claimed the $1.5m singles purse by beating defending champion Daniil Medvedev 7-6(5), 7-6(3) in the final.

“Last time we played, he won, he told me that I was the better player in the first set, and it’s kind of reverse this time around,” Fritz said.

“He was the better player for the match, and I was very lucky to kind of just scrape out some of these big points and get through it.”

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