Thanasi Kokkinakis started playing tennis at the age of 7. He won his first title as a child at the National Lawn Tennis Championships at the age of 12. In the primary round, Kokkinakis placed 10th and finished in first place. runner-up at the Australian Open Boys men’s singles and US Open men’s singles and won the Grand Slam title in the Men’s Doubles with fellow Australian, Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon 2013.
The Australian is seen as having a fantastic senior career, following his feats in the primary. But he cannot repeat his success from the juniors, after suffering injuries for most of his career so far.
Since his professional tennis debut, Kokkinakis has missed many tournaments due to multiple injuries. In fact, 2021 is the first year of his professional career where he is injury-free throughout the year.
Kokkinakis started his 2022 season by reaching the semi-finals of the ATP Adelaide International, but lost to top seed Gael Monfils in straight sets. The following week, he won his first ATP singles title at the Adelaide International 2, by defeating Arthur Rinderknech in the final.
Playing tennis too much cost him at the Oz Open when he was unable to continue this momentum and lost to Yannick Hanfmann in the first round. He had better success in doubles, where he paired Nick Kyrgios and beat top seeds Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic in the second round. The mega duo continued their winning streak and defeated sixth-seeded Michael Venus and Tim Putz in the quarterfinals.
All you need to know about Todd Langman
Todd Langman is an Australian former tennis player. He played only a few ATP Futures tournaments, before retiring and becoming a coach. Langman has coached Kokkinakis at both the professional and junior levels. Under his tutelage, Kokkinakis reached the finals of two Grand Slam singles in his junior career and placed 10th in the junior world rankings. He also coached Slovak Australians Jarmila Wolfeis the Grand Slam champion in mixed doubles.
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