‘Keep Going’: Roger Federer Personally Congratulates Thanasi Kokkinakis for His Maiden ATP Title in Adelaide

Published 01/15/2022, 1:00 PM EST
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – NOVEMBER 20: Roger Federer of Switzerland smiles with fans during an exhibition game between Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer at Arena Parque Roca on November 20, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Marcelo Endelli/Getty Images)

The 25-year-old star Thanasi Kokkinakis is certainly on cloud nine right now. Not only did he just win his first maiden ATP title, but he also had the legend, Roger Federer congratulate him personally. Kokkinakis won the Adelaide International 2, one of the tournaments in the build-up to the Australian Open. Additionally, his happiness was twofold, as he secured his maiden trophy in his home town, Adelaide.


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In fact, things took a turn for the better, as the Swiss Maestro Roger Federer himself reached out to Kokkinakis to congratulate him on his victory.


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Roger Federer congratulated Kokkinakis for his victory

It must be a special kind of happiness and awe that Kokkinakis felt when he saw Roger Federer himself text him on Instagram. Moreover, Federer even used his nickname, adding a personal touch to his praise.

DOHA, QATAR – MARCH 10. Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates winning his match against Dan Evans of Great Britain on Day 3 of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex on March 10, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)

Thanasi Kokkinakis took to Instagram today to share his thoughts on his maiden ATP tournament title. Naturally, the congratulations came pouring in from all over the world, with many fellow ATP stars joining in.

Subsequently, he shared a screenshot on his stories, wherein Roger Federer himself expressed his appreciation for his victory. “Maiden title at home big fella,” Federer’s message read.

In fact, Federer even called Kokkinakis by his nickname, telling him he loved “the sound of that Thanaser”. Then, Federer finished his praises by encouraging Kokkinakis. “Amazing… keep going,” the Maestro’s text read.


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Furthermore, Kokkinakis himself captioned the post expressing his love for the 20-time Grand Slam champion. “He’s still the GOAT,” Kokkinakis wrote, using the goat emoji instead of the word itself.

The tennis fraternity congratulated Kokkinakis

Not just Roger Federer, but big names from the tennis community took to Instagram to congratulate Kokkinakis as well. Among them were legendary coach Patrick Mouratoglou and compatriot Nick Kyrgios as well.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 07. Nick Kyrgios of Australia celebrates victory after winning the Men’s Final match against Ryan Harrison of the USA during day eight of the 2018 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 7, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Kokkinakis took to Instagram to celebrate his victory with a post, thanking “everyone involved in getting (him) there”. Among the comments were some big names congratulating him.

Popular Australian podcaster and impressionist Elliot Loney congratulated him with a string of emojis. Furthermore, ‘The Coach’ Patrick Mouratoglou himself wrote “Congratulations!!!” on the post, followed by a champagne emoji.


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Perhaps the most interesting comment was from compatriot Nick Kyrgios, who wrote that he was proud “like a big brother”. “Even (though) you’re the one calming me down when we are out clubbing and people talk s**t,” Kyrgios joked.


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Needless to say, there are many more titles on the horizon for the young star. He’ll be especially motivated by the prospect of ‘the goat’ praising him for his performances.

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. He is also an automotive writer at HotCars.