Tennis’ Special K to face Cereal’s Special K in court

Australian tennis ace, Thanasi Kokkinakis’ serve volley combo won’t be too helpful when he faces Kellogs in court next month over a dispute to use the name “Special K”.

The case was briefly mentioned in Federal Court today where it was listed for a management hearing on September 7.

The breakfast cereal giant, which owns the rights to the Special K trademark in Australia, launched an action to prevent the 21-year-old from using the phrase as part of any branding campaign.


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Both parties came before the court earlier this year and the case was sent to mediation.

The action by Kellogg’s is filed against TJ Kokkinakis PTY, which is believed to be controlled by the tennis player’s dad.

When Kokkinakis and fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios play doubles together they’re often referred as the Special Ks.

This continues a bizarre week for Kokkinakis who, before he was knocked out of the US Open in the first round, found a laundry bag full of women’s underwear in his locker.

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