New Zealand tennis player Michael Venus

Venus suffers double loss at Australian Open

Sixth seeds Venus and German partner Tim Puetz were beaten by Australian wildcards Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in the men's doubles, before he and compatriot Erin Routliffe were beaten in the mixed doubles.

The Kiwi pair went down 6-4, 6-2 to fifth seeds Kristina Mladenovic of France and Ivan Dodig of Croatia.

However it was the men's doubles clash that attracted another raucous crowd on Kia Arena with the locals winning in 2 hours and 16 minutes.