Thanasi Kokkinakis rewarded with Davis Cup call up following Australian Open triumph



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Thanasi Kokkinakis rewarded with Davis Cup call up following Australian Open triumph

World No. 101 Thanasi Kokkinakis is thrilled to be making a Davis Cup comeback. Kokkinakis, 25, has been nominated for the Hungary tie by Australia Davis Cup team captain Lleyton Hewitt. The tie is scheduled for the March 4 and 5 and will take place in Sydney.

Kokkinakis made his Davis Cup debut in 2014 and hasn't played in the competition since 2015. “I’m obviously stoked to get the call-up from Lleyton. It’s been a long time since I’ve played Davis Cup,” Kokkinakis said, per The Sydney Morning Herald.

“It’s a pretty cool feeling putting on those colours and playing for Australia. That atmosphere is unmatched, it’s a great reward for the summer I’ve had, for me and my team, and all the hard work I’ve put in”.

Kokkinakis earned a nomination

Kokkinakis claimed his maiden ATP title in Adelaide, before he and Nick Kyrgios won their maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. “To be a Grand Slam champion with my boy, we have known each other since we were eight, nine years old, done some serious things together, have had some serious experiences, but this is incredible.

We didn't expect this at all,” Kokkinakis said after winning the Australian Open doubles title with Kyrgios. Kokkinakis and Kyrgios have been close friends for years and now they have become Grand Slam champions together.

“I owe it to Kokk, the way he came out this summer and won that tournament, and I'm not gonna ruin like -- we don't know how many Oz Opens we're going to play in the future due to injury or just deciding not to play,” Kyrgios said.

“There was too much on it to do everything I could to play and play well, and look what happened. This is a memory that we are never going to forget. We are going to grow old, and we're always going to, Remember that time we rolled off the couch and just won Oz Open? Honestly."