‘Refreshed’ Thanasi Kokkinakis aims big year after winning start in Adelaide

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.”

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