Thanasi Kokkinakis recalls winning his first Australian Open match at age of 17

Thanasi Kokkinakis, 25, recalled winning his first-ever Grand Slam match at the Australian Open at the age of 17.

Kokkinakis made his Grand Slam main draw debut at the Australian Open in 2014. 

Kokkinakis drew Igor Sijsling in the first round and took advantage of a favorable draw as he surprised Sijsling 7-6 (4) 0-6 7-6 (3) 6-2. 

Kokkinakis then clashed Rafael Nadal in his following match and easily lost in straight sets. 

“I remember I was super young, super skinny, I was probably wearing a ridiculous outfit, and just kind of enjoying it,’’ Kokkinakis told CODE Sports.

“Playing with no pressure. Fearless, a little bit. There’s nerves ‘cos it’s your first time, but you’re not really expected to do too much because you’re 17, and it’s your first grand slam, so that was an unbelievable feeling.”

Kokkinakis hoping to receive an Australian Open 

Kokkinakis received an Adelaide wildcard but wasn’t told anything regarding the Australian Open. 

“I haven’t been told anything,” Kokkinakis told The First Serve. “When Wally (Masur) called me and gave me the Adelaide one, I obviously asked him about the AO and what was going ahead. I just said, mate honestly I hope I’m not having this conversation with you in 12 months time. Hopefully, this is the last time if I get one that I need one. “I don’t really want to make a case for myself, but I feel like I won a lot of matches this year. I think winning more matches than anyone who’s up for a wildcard this year and being number one in the race puts me in a pretty good position.”

Kokkinakis is confident he deserves to receive an Australian Open wildcard.

“I think I’ve done enough, I hope I have. I love the support playing in Melbourne. It’s an unbelievable atmosphere and I feel like I’ve had some of my best wins here. I’d love one (a wildcard),” Kokkinakis insisted.

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