Former world No. 69 Thanasi Kokkinakis is thrilled to be playing in Australia.
Kokkinakis, who received a wildcard into Adelaide, made a winning start to 2022 as he beat John Millman
“I love coming back here. I haven’t been home here in 12 months,” Kokkinakis said in his on-court interview, per Tennis Australia.
“It was a gruelling year travelling but I’m so happy to play my first professional tournament here in front of my home fans.
“To play a real meaningful tournament and beat such a quality opponent, a proven veteran like Johnny, means a lot. I played great and the support was great so yeah, (I’m) really, really happy.”
Kokkinakis had a strong preseason
For the first time in several years, Kokkinakis went through preseason without suffering any setbacks.
Kokkinakis had a strong preparation and is now hoping to have a big 2022 season.
“I worked really hard in the off-season and I had a lot of continuity week after week. My new trainer Johnno (fitness coach Johnny Parkes) has been massive,” Kokkinakis related.
“I’m hoping for a big year and I’m hoping to keep this momentum going.
“I feel great. I feel mentally refreshed, physically refreshed and I’m hoping this year’s not going to be as much of a grind as last year, but I’m willing to do what it takes to hopefully reach my potential.”
Kokkinakis will be fighting Frances Tiafoe for a place in the Adelaide quarterfinal.
“Me and Frances we’ve been mates for a long time. We know each other really well. He’s really energetic and fun to play,” said the South Australian.
“He had a hell of a year last year, especially at the back end.
“It’s going to be a really tough match. I got him last time but it was many, many years ago so that doesn’t mean much … it should be an exciting match.”