Thanasi Kokkinakis

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Thanasi Kokkinakis
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Kokkinakis at the 2013 US Open
Country  Australia
Residence Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Born (1996-04-10) 10 April 1996 (age 18)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Height 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Turned pro 2013
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $168,889
Singles
Career record 2–4 (33.33%)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 150 (17 November 2014)
Current ranking No. 150 (24 November 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 2R (2014)
French Open Q3 (2014)
US Open Q2 (2014)
Doubles
Career record 1–3
Career titles 0
Highest ranking 253 (18 August 2014)
Current ranking 331 (24 November 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2013, 2014)
Last updated on: 30 October 2014.

Thanasis Kokkinakis (Greek: Θανάσης Κοκκινάκης; born 10 April 1996)[1] is an Australian professional tennis player of Greek descent. Kokkinakis began playing tennis when he was eight years old. As of 29 September 2014 he is ranked World No. 172 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). As a junior, Kokkinakis enjoyed a successful career in which he reached two junior grand slam singles finals at the 2013 Australian Open and 2013 US Open.[2] He represented Australia in the ITF World Junior Tennis Competition in 2010. He was a member of Australia's Junior Davis Cup team that won the competition's silver medal in September 2012, losing to Italy in the final, held in Barcelona, Spain.[3]

Junior career[edit]

Thanasi was born in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia to Greek parents, Trevor and Voula.

Kokkinakis received a wildcard into the 2013 Australian Open juniors tournament and eventually reached the final taking down the 12th, 2nd and 11th seeds on his way. In the final he faced fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios. After having two set points in the first set he eventually lost 7-6(4) 6-3.

In June, he returned to competitive play at Wimbledon, and made the third round in the boys' singles and won the boys' doubles with Nick Kyrgios.[4]

Kokkinakis lost the final of Boys' Singles, losing in three sets against Borna Coric, 6-3 3-6 1-6.

Junior Grand Slam Singles results[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 W–L
Junior Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R F 5–3
French Open A A A 0–0
Wimbledon A A 3R 2–1
US Open A A F 5–1
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 12–3 12–5
Year-End Ranking 13

Professional career[edit]

2011–2013: Professional tour debut[edit]

Kokkinakis began his professional career at the Australia F3 Future's event at the age of 14 where he lost 6-8 in the third set tiebreak. He won his first professional match the next week at the Australia F4 event. He lost in the second round against Michael Venus.

In 2012, after playing Futures events in Australia, Slovenia, Germany and the Netherlands, Kokkinakis tied best result of the year where he reached the semi-final of the Belgium F4 event. He then returned to play Futures in Australia where he reached back to back quarterfinals in the F5 and F6 events where he lost to Luke Saville both times. He finished the year by reaching the semi-final at the Australia F12 event where he lost to Ben Mitchell.

He began 2013 by filling-in on the United States and German teams during the 2013 Hopman Cup as a replacement for injured John Isner and Tommy Haas.[5][6] Kokkinakis competed in the qualifying competition of the 2013 Australian Open, losing to Steve Johnson 15-17 in the third set. Kokkinakis sustained a stress fracture in his back in the Australian Open boys' final which kept him out of competition until mid 2013.[7] He then returned to competition playing Futures tournaments in the Czech Republic, Canada and the United States with the highlight being a quarterfinal of the Canada F5 event. In September and October, Kokkinakis competed in two Challenger events in the United States. The first was the 2013 Napa Valley Challenger where he qualified and reached the second round, going down to Bradley Klahn despite leading by a set. Then in the 2013 Sacramento Challenger he qualified and made the second round. He again lost despite leading by a set against Nick Kyrgios. As a result of this, his ranking increased to a career best of number 655. In October, Kokkinakis paired up with Benjamin Mitchell and won the Melbourne Challenger defeating Alex Bolt and Andrew Whittington in the final in straight sets. This increased his doubles ranking by 453 places, which put him up to a career high of number 505. He also reached the second round in the singles. He looked like he would cause a big upset after taking the first set against Matt Ebden before losing the next two sets. He finished his year at the 2013 Traralgon Challenger where he lost in the second round to James Duckworth in straight sets.

Despite missing half of the year due to injury, Kokkinakis finished 2013 with a ranking of number 627.

2014: Breakthrough to top 200[edit]

Kokkinakis began 2014 in qualifying at the 2014 Brisbane International after receiving a wild card. He qualified and drew fellow Australian and eventual tournament champion Lleyton Hewitt in round one where he went down in straight sets.[8][9] On 8 January, Kokkinakis was awarded a wild card into the 2014 Australian Open.[10] He defeated Igor Sijsling in the first round in four sets despite suffering from cramp.[11] He was defeated in the second round by top seed and world number one Rafael Nadal.[12]

Kokkinakis reached the semis of the 2014 Heilbronner Neckarcup coming through the qualifying and beating Jesse Huta Galung, Michael Russell and Marsel İlhan. He then lost to 1 seed Jan-Lennard Struff and missed out on a place in his first ATP challenger tour final. Kokkinakis received a wild card in the French Open qualifying rounds, where he made the final, and despite having match point in the third set, he lost to Ante Pavić, 6-4, 6-7, 5-7. This result improved his ranking inside the top 300 for the first time. Kokkinakis won his first singles title in Canada on July 13, defeating Fritz Wolmarans in the final. Kokkinakis then qualified for the 2014 Shenzhen Open. He beat Egor Gerasimov 7-6(7-3), 6-1 in the first round for a place in the second round where he got beaten by 6th seed Santiago Giraldo 6-4,6-3. Kokkinakis qualified for his second career Masters 1000 in Shanghai, but lost to Feliciano Lopez in the 1st round 7-6, 3-6, 4-6.

Kokkinakis finished 2014 with a ranking of number 150.

National representation[edit]

Davis Cup[edit]

Kokkinakis made his Davis Cup debut for Australia in February 2014 against France at the age of 17.[13] He was selected to play in the fourth rubber which was a dead rubber. He lost in straight sets to Julien Benneteau.

Grand Slam Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open Q1 2R 1–1
French Open A Q3 0-0
Wimbledon A A 0–0
US Open A Q2 0–0
Win–Loss 0-0 1–1 1-1

Professional career finals[edit]

Singles titles (1)[edit]

Legend (singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (0)
Challengers (0)
Futures (1-0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 13 July 2014 Canada Saskatoon F5, Canada, CAN Hard South Africa Fritz Wolmarans 7-6, 7-6

Doubles: 2 (2–0)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (0–0)
ATP Challenger Tour (2–0)
ITF Futures Tour (0–0)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2-0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 21 October 2013 Australia Melbourne, Australia Hard Australia Benjamin Mitchell Australia Andrew Whittington
Australia Alex Bolt
6-3, 6-2
Winner 2. 6 July 2014 United States Winnetka, United States Hard United States Denis Kudla United States Raymond Sarmiento
United States Evan King
6-2, 7-6 (7-4)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thanasi Kokkinakis". ATPWorldTour.com. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Player Profiles Thanasi Kokkinakis". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Junior Davis Cup team wins silver". 1 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kyrgios and Kokkinakis claim doubles glory". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Schultz, Duane (4 January 2013). "Adelaide's Thanasi Kokkinakis enjoys time in Hopman Cup spotlight". The Advertiser. 
  6. ^ "Completed Matches". HopmanCup.com. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Double blow for rising teen tennis star Thanasi Kokkinakis". Daily Telegraph. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "South Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis qualifies for Brisbane International". Courier Mail. 30 December 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Lleyton Hewitt overcomes Thanasi Kokkinakis in all-Australian Brisbane International match". ABC News. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Eight Australians handed final wildcard entries into Australian Open main draw". ABC News. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "SA teen Thanasi Kokkinakis battles through to win his first Australian Open match". Courier Mail. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Thanasi Kokkinakis finds a fair defeat from Rafael Nadal". The Sydney Morning Herald. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Jordan Thompson in Australian Davis Cup squad to play France". ABC Australia. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 

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