Thanasi Kokkinakis gives major update on Nick Kyrgios' comeback plans

Kyrgios underwent knee surgery in January and hasn't played any tournaments in 2023.

by Dzevad Mesic
Thanasi Kokkinakis gives major update on Nick Kyrgios' comeback plans

Thanasi Kokkinakis reveals he spoke with Nick Kyrgios on Thursday as the 2022 Wimbledon finalist is on course to make his comeback during the grass season. Kyrgios, 28, suffered a knee injury in the offseason before undergoing surgery in January to address the issue.

Initially, Kyrgios was hoping to be able to return in March - at the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami - but that didn't happen. "I think the plan for him is to be ready for Wimbledon and play a few lead-ins. Stuttgart (June 12-18) was up there, I think.

I'm not sure if he's going to Queen's or Halle (both June 19-25), but hopefully he's ready. By all accounts, his recovery has been a bit slower than he thought, but I think he's on the mend now and it's looking positive for the grass," Kokkinakis told the Australian Associated Press, as revealed on The Daily Mail.

Kokkinakis, Kyrgios set for doubles action

In 2022 January, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios became Grand Slam champions together after winning the Australian Open men's doubles title. For Kokkinakis and Kyrgios - who have known each other since childhood - it was one of the most special moments of their lives.

Since Kyrgios was unable to play at this year's Australian Open, they were unable to defend their crown at Melbourne Park this past January. But they plan to share the same side of the net again at Wimbledon. "The plan right now is to play Wimbledon, obviously health permitting.

We're going to sign in to the doubles there - we actually spoke about that on Thursday. We haven't played for a long time, and I haven't played much doubles at all this year as it isn't as much a priority for me this year, but I still want to play in some of the bigger tournaments because it's still a fun experience with him.

I'm playing here in Paris with (big-hitting German Jan-Lennard) Struff here - so we'll see how that goes. If Nick wasn't ready for Wimbledon, I'd have played with him again at Wimbledon, but Nick's always up there as my choice of doubles partner.

Nick and I get on really well, it's more than just having good results for us, we enjoy our time on the courts together - and it was a friendship first and that's why we play doubles in the first place," Kokkinakis said.

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