Nick Kyrgios stuns himself with around the net winner at Japan Open, doubles with Thanasi Kokkinakis

Nick Kyrgios is in such good form sometimes he even surprises himself.

Originally after the US Open, Kyrgios seemed like he’d take the rest of the year off but was back for the Japan Open, where he’s playing both singles and doubles.

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It’s been an tremendous year for Kyrgios, who has risen to 20th in the world in singles and is a grand slam champion in doubles alongside Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Together the pair have won three titles in 2022, as well as Kyrgios’ Washington singles title and making his first grand slam final at Wimbledon.

It’s coincided with tremendous tennis from the brash and controversial tennis star and his form was once again on full display in the first round of doubles.

The first seeded Kyrgios and Kokkinakis romped to a dominant 6-1 6-2 win over Japanese players Yoshihito Nishioka and Kaichi Uchida on Tuesday and are into the quarterfinals of the tournament, which will be played later on Thursday after Kyrgios’ singles match against Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak.

But more than just dominant, Kyrgios is proving ruthless.

Having blown their opponents off the court in the first set, Kyrgios chased a volley slam well outside the court, hitting the ball around the net for a winner.

Although not common, it’s not unheard of either but Kyrgios enjoyed his work, punching the air.

He tried to stay cool about it but the second he looked at Kokkinakis a big smile lit up his face and he looked chuffed about the brilliant shot.

“Oh wow, he really enjoyed that one and so he should,” the commentators covering the match said.

“That was a Kyrgios special in Tokyo. You give him that gap and he will exploit it, what a shot.”

Kyrgios was still happy with the result after the match, sharing a video of the shot on Twitter with the caption: “I’m good.”

His brother Christos posted: “Let’s GO!!!!”

Kokkinakis also replied.

While on the court it’s continuing to go well for Kyrgios, he’s also facing court proceedings over an alleged assault of his ex-girlfriend earlier in the week.

Kyrgios attempted to have a charge of assaulting his former girlfriend Chiara Passari dismissed on mental health grounds.

The 27-year-old tennis star has been charged with common assault after allegedly assaulting Ms Passari in Canberra last year, with the case before the ACT Magistrates Court.

The offence carries a maximum jail sentence of two years if convicted.

His lawyer Michael Kukulies-Smith told magistrate Glenn Theakston on Tuesday that Kyrgios had experienced mental health issues, which had been disclosed in his medical records over the past seven years.

Kyrgios’s legal team applied to have the Magistrates Court deal with his charge under Section 334 of the local Crimes Act and asked the court for an adjournment to allow them time to prepare a report to support their application.

The Act gives the court power to dismiss a charge where it is satisfied that the accused is mentally impaired and the facts or other relevant evidence supports the person being dealt with under this division.

With Catie McLeod, NCA Newswire

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