Dejected Thanasi Kokkinakis will consult with medical specialists to see if a solution can be found to the chest problem that threatens to affect his potential.
Australia’s attack at Roland Garros ended when Kokkinakis sorely failed to force No. 11 seed Karen Khachanov to a decisive set in the third round on Friday night.
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It was clear that the pectoral muscle, which the South Australian had badly injured in 2019, was bloated in the middle of the 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) loss to Khachanov.
Kokkinakis bravely fought to extend the match to nearly five sets after engaging in a verbal battle with referee Katarzyna Radwan-Cho.
At one point, Kokkinakis was upset that he was denied a chance for a toilet break after losing the second set.
“All I ask is try to fuck,” he implored the officer.
“I get two for a match. Do you want me to piss on the court? Is it that what you want? So what do you want now?
“I’m asking you to go to the toilet. In my last match, I liked the tightness because I couldn’t… so brutally.”
Despite his disappointing exit, Kokkinakis is expected to move up 23 spots to world No. 83, all but guaranteeing a direct move to next month’s Wimbledon.
But the 27-year-old will still regret whoever got away after being left annoyed by the referee.
First, he complained that she didn’t intervene when the fans in the stands were chattering.
“They talk about my serve at every point and you don’t say anything,” said Kokkinakis.
Then, after losing the first set, the South Australian complained about the courts being watered, with which Khachanov fully agreed.
“It’s already the slowest conditions out there – and you’re putting water on a course that’s not slippery,” said Kokkinakis.
“The court is dying,” Khachanov said.
Of even more concern, Kokkinakis began to physically collapse in the opening game of the second set after losing his mental composure.
He repeatedly clung to his right breast, trying to stretch the muscle between points and complaining to the pitchside box that he had “no power on serve”.
Kokkinakis was quite excited about a line call that went against him, then screwed up his stack because of the “useless” chair umpire’s inability to control the crowd before giving up his first serve of the second set.
Kokkinakis rallied to win the third set, raising hopes that the unfulfilled talent could reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time – some eight years after reaching the last 32 in Paris and making it his best major to date -Result scored.
But that was not to come as Kokkinakis finally retired after three hours and 42 minutes.
“It’s the exact same fracture I’ve had since 2019,” Kokkinakis explained of his injury after the game.
“I’ve done so badly that when I’m trying to secure some important games it’s difficult for me to move forward a bit.
“I know I will have pain in my legs. I know I’m gonna have a little pain, stuff like that. But it’s just the one injury that’s holding me back a bit.
“I’m going to get some other advice, maybe some surgery, and see what the result is because I’m always a little limited when trying to secure matches.
“It’s probably not the first or second game, but the third and fourth game after that touches me a lot.”