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6.30PM: WHAT TO EXPECT FROM WARM-UP EXHIBITION?

Welcome to our live coverage of tonight’s exhibition/warm-up match between Australian entertainer Nick Kyrgios and the King of Rod Laver Arena, Novak Djokovic.

Who knows what to expect from tonight?

Kyrgios has had a catastrophic build-up, which included pulling out of the United Cup and the Adelaide International with an ankle injury.

With that in mind, a proper hit-out could be deemed essential for his Australian Open campaign.

Djokovic, the nine-time Australian Open champion, is always a popular figure in Melbourne – as evidenced by the 58-minute sell-out of this clash with Kyrgios.

The Serbian star has injury concerns of his own, however, with a hamstring injury ending a warm-up match with Daniil Medvedev this week.

So how much tennis will we get? Who knows. But with Kyrgios and Djokovic on the court it’s bound to be entertaining.

6.10PM – BRUTAL SACRIFICE KYRGIOS WILL MAKE FOR AUS OPEN SUCCESS

Nick Kyrgios says he’s willing to forgo defending his Australian Open doubles title if it helps him in his bid to land a maiden grand slam singles title.

Kyrgios, alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis, claimed his first grand slam title when the pair went on a memorable run in the doubles event at the 2022 Australian Open.

But it’s a sacrifice he’s willing to make in the next fortnight if things pick up for him in the singles – despite a daunting draw looming – and the same, he says, goes for Kokkinakis.

“Definitely I think from both parties. If he’s going deep as well, which he’s more than capable of doing I think that we’re gonna have to,” Kyrgios said.

“We’re singles players at heart and the doubles grand slam last year was just a flash in the pan, how we were able to do that.

“We haven’t had one conversation about doubles yet, about like how we’re going to approach it or anything. We’re just going to go in it, have some fun. If we play, we play. If we don’t, we don’t.”

EXPLOSIVE PRECURSOR TO KYRGIOS-DJOKER CHARITY CLASH

If you think the Nick KyrgiosNovak Djokovic exhibition match will be just that, think again.

Kyrgios will take his explosive off-court form to Rod Laver Arena tonight against his old sparring partner turned best bud.

In what will be his first hitout of the year, Kyrgios has been practising his serves on social media, taking on all comers – including a trio of Australian tennis legends – ahead of his home grand slam, a tournament he believes he can win in 2023.

Kyrgios’ running battle with the country’s greats started on the eve of the 2022 Wimbledon final against Djokovic.

“The greats of Australian tennis, they haven’t always been the nicest to me, personally,” he said. “They haven’t always been supportive and they haven’t been supportive these two weeks. So it’s hard for me to read things they say about me. It’s pretty sad because I don’t get any support from … the past greats.”

Pat Cash supported Kyrgios’ claims, questioning Tennis Australia’s decision to stage a charity exhibition three days out from the start of the Australian Open.

“In what country, in what grand slam – would you have Wimbledon suddenly pulling out Centre Court or Court 1 because Andy Murray needed a practice match?” he told SEN Sportsday.

“It’s hard to believe, they certainly wouldn’t do it at the French Open. There’s kids day and whatever and you go and play that. At the French Open it wouldn’t happen.

“They’ve bent over backwards to help Nick to get some matches and to do this, I don’t know.”

The exhibition also drew the ire of tennis journalist Luke Dennehy who mocked the match on Twitter: “Wow @NickKyrgios and @DjokerNole match on Friday sold out in 58 minutes. Wow!”

Kyrgios responded to the tweet in typical fashion: “Wow Nick Kyrgios is bad for the sport! Wow what a disgrace, a national embarrassment! How dare he sell out another stadium, the arrogance.”

There’s no doubt the polarising Aussie will be trying to win over fans before the title tilt.

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