Melbourne (AFP) - Wildcard home duo Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler won a first Grand Slam crown with victory in the men's doubles final at the Australian Open on Saturday.
The Australians did a celebratory chest bump and hugged tightly after defeating duo Hugo Nys of Monaco and Poland's Jan Zielinski 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), to the delight of the home crowd at Rod Laver Arena.
It was Hijikata and Kubler's first event as a doubles pairing and ensures that the trophy stays in home hands, having been won last year by Australians Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis.
"Rinky and I definitely didn't think this was happening two weeks ago.Bit of a pleasant surprise," said Kubler on court.
"I've got to thank Rinky, he was the reason we teamed up for this tournament.Two weeks later we've got this trophy."