Thanasi Kokkinakis has indicated that he and Nick Kyrgios will definitely play doubles together at the Australian Open if they are both healthy. In 2022 January, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios lifted their first Grand Slam title when they won the Australian Open doubles title in front of their home fans.
Unfortunately for the Australian duo, they were unable to defend their Australian Open title in January after Kyrgios was forced to miss the tournament due to a knee injury. Kyrgios ended up playing just one tournament this year but the 28-year-old is aiming to be ready for the start of the 2024 season.
“If he’s healthy and we’re both healthy, we’re definitely in. He obviously had a tough year this year with some injuries. I know he’s hard rehabbing what he’s got going on. I’m hoping we can see him in the summer.
If he’s healthy … we’ll definitely play," Kokkinakis told SEN SportsDay.
Kokkinakis unlikely to play in his thirties
This week, 34-year-old Australian John Millman announced he would be retiring from pro tennis after the 2024 Australian Open.
Kokkinakis, 27, struggled mightily with various injuries early in his career. Addressing the recent trend of players playing into their thirties, Kokkinakis admitted he is very unlikely to follow that path. “Personally, to be honest I think I’m going to struggle to be that kind of guy (to play into his 30s).
The traveling for me is the hardest part – I love my life back home, I love being in Australia, I feel very comfortable here … being from Europe, it’s a lot easier (to play for longer). I’ll try to squeeze a few more years out of me and see what I can do … I don’t want to regret not playing more tournaments and putting more years (in) when I’m finally done," Kokkinakis revealed.
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