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Kyrgios, Tsitsipas Play Together in Diriyah Tennis Cup

Top tennis stars Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas played together five months after their frosty encounter in Wimbledon. Kyrgios and Tsitsipas competed as a team at the Diriyah Tennis Cup in Saudi Arabia on Saturday but succumbed to Hubert Hurcakz and Dominic Stricker 7-6(7/3), 7-6(7/3), in the semifinals on Saturday. The Australian and the Greek were paired together after losing their opening singles matches but instead of bickering, they unlikely doubles tandem played brilliantly as a team as they showed flashes of greatness before losing to Hurcakz and Stricker.

Kyrgios and Tsitsipas in Diriyah Tennis Cup

It may be recalled that the men’s singles stars had a tension-filled clash in this year’s Wimbledon where Kyrgios asked Tsitsipas to be defaulted after sending a backhand into the crowd. The Australian branded the umpire as a disgrace for ignoring his plea. The Greek then marked Kyrgios an “evil bully” while the latter hurled negative comments such as “having serious issues” and is disliked in the locker room. Kyrgios and Tsitsipas were supposed to meet in the singles semifinals but were beaten by Cameron Norrie in earlier pairings. Kyrgios said that the decision to team up with Tsitsipas was the best for him as he earns tons of money in special events and sports betting sites would agree because this is just an exhibition tournament.

Stricker-Hurkacz Pairing Wins Inaugural Diriyah Tennis Cup Doubles Event

The Swiss-Pole tandem of Dominic Stricker and Hubert Hurkacz emerged victorious in the inaugural Diriyah Tennis Cup as they beat Matteo Berrettini and Andrey Rublev in three sets 7-6(10/8), 4-6, 10-7 in the final on Saturday at the Diriyah Arena. The win handed the duo USD250,000 each. The match was tight from the start and a tiebreaker was needed to decide the first-set winner. Rublev/Berrettini forced a decider by winning a close second set. The sudden-death tiebreak saw both teams playing great tennis but in the end, the duo known as Strickaz had enough firepower to win the clash against the “Rublettini” pair.

The two squads hailed the support from the audience with Hurkacz saying he enjoyed his first trip in the kingdom. Berrettini said that it’s been a pleasure playing in front of the crowd and he hopes to play again in Saudi Arabia. Rublev, meanwhile, said that it was a “high-octane match” where both teams exuded world-class performances despite knowing that it is an exhibition tournament. The Diriyah Tennis Cup doubles event was sort of a filler as tournaments in the Association of Tennis Professionals are on a break and will return on December 29 with the United Cup, according to experts monitoring the updated ATP odds.