American teen phenom Coco Gauff has accepted an offer from Nick Kyrgios to play mixed doubles together at next year’s Australian Open.
Kyrgios became a fan favourite at Wimbledon this year following an entertaining mixed doubles stint alongside tennis royalty Venus Williams, but unfortunately had to withdraw from their second round clash due to injury.
The Australian star conceded he might not get another opportunity to partner with the seven-time grand slam champion.
“That was definitely some of the most fun I’ve had on the tennis court, just to grace the court with such an icon and such a legend before she retires,” Kyrgios told news.com.au last month.
“She’s 41, and obviously her body will be hurting a lot, so I’m not sure how long she’ll play.”
But Kyrgios has already unearthed another US superstar to play alongside.
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Gauff was recently asked which player she would like to be friends with during an interview at the Citi Open, and the 17-year-old didn’t need long to conjure an answer.
“Definitely Nick Kyrgios. On court he’s a super funny guy and off court super kind,” she responded.
“He probably doesn‘t know this, but I first hit with him when I was 12 I believe at the Miami Open.
“He also played ping-pong with my brother back in the Citi Open last year.”
Kyrgios replied to the tweet: “Anytime! You are going to do great things in this sport and I can’t wait to watch. I got plenty more ping pong lessons as well.”
The 26-year-old then asked on Twitter: “@CocoGauff mixed at Aussie Open?”
Gauff responded: “Let’s make it happen.”
The American teenager reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros this year and currently sits at No. 25 on the WTA rankings.