Kyrgios’ relationship with the crowd was an ongoing topic of conversation throughout the tournament at Melbourne Park.
More than one opponent was put off by the raucous antics of the crowd during his singles and doubles campaigns.
And while world No.1 Barty sent the crowd into raptures before receiving worldwide praise for her conduct in dominating her way to the title, Kyrgios suggested the biggest applause was left for him and Kokkinakis.
“I would say that we’ve created probably the best atmosphere this tournament’s ever seen, to be brutally honest with you,” Kyrgios said at the post-match press conference, which drew a chuckle from Kokkinakis.
“Ash’s father came to us and said the crowd was the best he’s ever seen.
“Obviously Ash is a hell of a player. But … people watch my matches.
“Everywhere I play around the world the stadiums are full for that reason.”
Sports personality Kelli Underwood was among those to criticise the comments, telling the ABC’s Offsiders program it was “extremely disrespectful” and “tone deaf”.
The Special Ks defeated fellow Australians Matt Ebden and Max Purcell 7-5 6-4 in the men’s doubles final on Saturday night.
The victory was the first by a home pairing at Melbourne Park since the Woodies – Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge – in 1997 and comes nine years after Kyrgios and Kokkinakis claimed the junior Wimbledon doubles title together.
Kokkinakis, who won his maiden ATP singles title in Adelaide earlier this month, was taken aback by his run of success after several years plagued by serious injuries and illness.
Kokkinakis told the crowd on Rod Laver Arena: “I can honestly say we did not expect to come close to this but with the help of you guys all week, who have been unbelievable, and the coverage and support we got, we couldn’t ask for anything more.
“It’s been a rough couple of years for me personally but what a month we’ve had.
“Coming into Aussie Open I was already happy and this was a crazy cherry on top.”
Kyrgios overcame a bout of COVID-19 a week out from the Open and reached the second round of the singles draw, where he was knocked out by top seed Daniil Medvedev.
The combustible star allegedly had the trainer of Croatian opponent Mate Pavic threaten to fight him in the players’ gym after one doubles match and the man who calls himself ‘King’ was also labelled a “knob” by Kiwi opponent Michael Venus.
But it appeared mostly water off a duck’s back as Kyrgios continued his bid to change the face of tennis with his unique brand of showmanship.
“I haven’t had the greatest Aussie summer, I got COVID, but I don’t care about rankings or anything, at the end of the day this is a memory that I’m going to share with him (Kokkinakis) until I’m laying in the (ground),” Kyrgios said.
“I’m pretty pumped about it.”
The Special Ks’ abrasive manner ultimately proved successful as they knocked off seeded opponents in four of their five matches – including the top, third and sixth seeds – on their path to the final.
The atmosphere in the decider was far more friendly than Kyrgios and Kokkinakis had become accustomed to over the preceding fortnight.
And there was little of the controversy that has followed the Special Ks throughout tournament.
Down 3-5 and love-15 in the second set, Purcell approached the chair umpire to complain about sections of the crowd calling out during his service motion.
Kyrgios called for the offenders to be removed, which they were by security guards.
But the brief halt to proceedings was a minor speedbump for Kyrgios and Kokkinakis as they waited until the next game to claim the championship on serve.
– With AAP