Thanasi Kokkinakis not ready to make singles return at Bordeaux Challenger


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Thanasi Kokkinakis not ready to make singles return at Bordeaux Challenger

Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis has pulled out of the Bordeaux Challenger singles event. Kokkinakis, 22, injured his left knee at the Monte Carlo when he crushed into advertising padding during his first round match against rising star Karen Khachanov.

The Australian was drawn to meet No. 8 seed Calvin Hemery in his Bordeaux opener. In his lone singles appearance in Bordeaux -- in 2015 -- Kokkinakis won it all as a qualifier. However, Kokkinakis has decided to give a shot to the Bordeaux doubles event.

The Australian and partner Carlos Berlocq defeated French Jonathan Eysseric and Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky in their opener on Monday to reach the quarter-finals. Kokkinakis, who made his long awaited singles return in Lyon in 2017 May, played doubles in Bordeaux the week before to test his condition.

Back then, the 22-year-old and fellow compatriot Alex Bolt won their Bordeaux opener but lost in the quarter-finals. This time, Kokkinakis will be hoping to make a deeper run at the event and do some more testing on his troublesome left knee.

Kokkinakis' main target is to be ready for the French Open -- which is due to be held from 27 May - 10 June. Also read: John Millman in great spirits as he looks forward to French Open