Thanasi Kokkinakis felt sad for Andy Murray's possible last Australian Open match. The Aussie player, speaking after his retirement against Taro Daniel, praised the three-time Grand Slam winner: 'I love that dude.
He's super nice. I remember before, really young, watching him on TV. This guy looks miserable all the time on court. Then when I started to progress onto the tour, play a few more matches, he's probably the nicest guy you'll ever meet.
He went out of his way to reach out to me, my game, just in general. He's really honest, really real. When I was playing matches in Hopman Cup last year, he'd send me massive paragraphs about things he thinks I should do on the court, what could help me, stuff like that.
Really genuine. Good guy. Hopefully, he doesn't retire too soon, because, yeah, I love having him around.' About not getting a main draw wild card from the tournament, Kokkinakis added: 'Of course, I was disappointed.
I thought I would have gotten one. When I got the call that I wasn't going to get one, my attention had to shift. Again, I used it to fire me up a little bit and work my way through qualies. I wish I came through qualies unscathed.
But it was a good little feather in my cap to qualify for a slam, especially the home slam. Yeah, hopefully, I'm not in that position too many more times. Hopefully, I can have a good year and go back to where I belong so I won't need to be qualifying for slams.