“Just feeling the love. Just trying to spread the good word of the celebration. Everyone loves that celebration. It’s well liked,” Kyrgios said when asked about the pre-match routine.
Kyrgios then doubled down on the world No. 1, who was passed fit to play his fourth round match against Milos Raonic on Sunday night after suffering an abdominal injury in his five-set win against American Taylor Fritz.
“We’re just having some fun. Novak, I’m sure, doesn’t like me and we both have respect for each other, but I don’t like him at all, so it’s fun,” he said.
Kokkinakis had his own thoughts on Djokovic’s situation earlier in the week, tweeting about the Serbian’s miraculous recovery before taking the post down.
“For me I have no idea what he’s feeling or what he’s going through. I just heard he thinks he has a torn muscle. I didn’t mean it in a bad way at all,” Kokkinakis said.
“I’m like, if he can recover from a torn muscle in two days, hats off. Teach me.
“But I don’t know – because I knew some Serbian fans would take that in a negative way – and I copped abuse for it, but it wasn’t even taking a shot at him.
“If he actually has a torn muscle and can recover in two days, that’s impressive, because I haven’t been able to do that and it’s taken me months.”
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis were laughing and smiling throughout their loss, something the pair would like to see more on tour.
“We were just having some fun out there really because there was no one in the crowd,” Kokkinakis said.
“So we were just trying to enjoy ourselves and kind of get a bit of atmosphere and energy about us. It’s nothing
malicious, we just like to have some fun.
“Look, looking around there’s literally just blue, and we’re like, wow, this is tough. But we’re just trying to have some fun.
“I know tennis players are very serious, so I think that’s why we’ve kind of got a bit of energy about us.”
Kyrgios echoed that sentiment.
“We just banter anyway. When we tweet or when we just do stuff, it’s for fun.
“You can’t take it all too seriously.”
Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.