Whether in doubles or singles, Thanasi Kokkinakis has made a nice comeback in 2022. Starting from the 171st place in the world ranking, the Australian followed up his good performances in Adelaide at the beginning of the year with a semifinal, lost to Gaël Monfils, and then a first ATP title won against Arthur Rinderknech in the wake. After January, he made his return to the Top 100, and the 26-year-old also enjoyed doubles play with compatriot Nick Kyrgios. Winners of the Australian Open, their first Grand Slam, the two friends then qualified for the Masters at the end of the season.
Before starting his 2023 season, Kokkinakis spoke to the Australian Associated Press about his desire to have a great run at a major. “You just have to be in very good shape and I’m making sure I am right now. Then what happens will happen, but the goal is to go far in a Grand Slam. Especially when you’re playing some of these guys and you beat them and you’re like, ‘Wait, I’m not that far,’ and you see them make great runs. You just have to be consistent physically and mentally. I’m looking forward to an even more complete year. However, this was my best year on the circuit, so I’m excited. I’ve had some really good wins. It’s about being consistent and doing my best every time I play. The next goal for me is to be in the top 50 and go from there. I’m going to go back to Adelaide, a course I had my best memory on, play in front of my friends and family – there will be a little pressure but it will be fun. I’m going to enjoy it.”
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