Wally Masur has revealed that rising star Thanasi Kokkinakis has suffered a hairline fracture on his kneecap. Kokkinakis, 22, crushed into advertising padding during his Monte Carlo Masters first round match. The Australian didn't retire the match but still ended up losing in straight sets to Russian Karen Khachanov.
The 22-year-old was seen walking on crutches and with a leg brace supporting his left knee the day after his Monte Carlo opener. Kokkinakis is expected to be out for five to eight weeks. It remains to be seen will the Australian manage to recover in time for the French Open.
The second Grand Slam of the season is due to be kicked off on 27 May. Kokkinakis missed almost the entire 2016 season and a good part of the 2017 season due to various injuries. His body and health were doing fine this season before yet another injury setback happened.