Serena Williams’ Coach, Nick Kyrgios and Others React to Thanasi Kokkinakis’ Emotional Victory at ATP Adelaide

Published 01/15/2022, 10:00 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis in action during his second round match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Australian tennis star, Thanasi Kokkinakis, is making headlines again on the court from his hometown Adelaide. Once one of the brightest young talents in the game, Thanasi reached his career-high 69 ranking in 2015. Since then, many injuries almost ended the Australian’s career. 

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He has been playing in Adelaide International 2 tournament for the past week and today, Thanasi won his first-ever ATP title on home soil. 

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Tennis world reacts after Thanasi Kokkinakis wins his first-ever title in Adelaide

Before reaching the final of the Adelaide International 2, Thanasi Kokkinakis endured some grueling tennis matches. They say hard work and perseverance will always prevail and Kokkinakis proved that today. 

The current 145-ranked player had a series of exhilarating matches before reaching the final. In the round of 16, Kokkinakis beat the tournament second seed John Isner by 6-7,7-6,7-6, which was an exceptional match to watch. He had another outstanding performance in the semi-final against former US Open champion, Marin Cilic; he beat the Croatian by 6-2,3-6,7-6. 

In the final, the Australian faced Arthur Rinderknech from France, and after 2hours 38 minutes of intense battle, he finally beat the Frenchman by 6-7,7-6,6-3. 

Congratulatory messages are pouring in from all around the world and everyone is happy that the young Australian is back on track. Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou congratulated the Australian and said, “So nice to see such a nice guy and great player back on track!” 

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Kokkinakis’ friend and fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios wrote, Cmon kokk.

How far will Kokkinakis go in the Australian Open?

The 25-year-old is still young player and can do wonders on the tennis court if he stays healthy. He certainly proved that in Adelaide, and didn’t forget to thank the crowd as well. After the match, Kokkinakis got really emotional and said, “I wouldn’t want to win my first title anywhere else.”

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Kokkinakis starts his journey in the Happy Slam as a wild card on 17th January against Yannick Hanfmann of Germany. It will be interesting to see how far he can go in the Grand slam. But one thing is for sure, he will get full support from the crowd. 

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Can Kokkinakis turn his career around? Let us know in the comments.

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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