Thanasi Kokkinakis withdraws from Monte Carlo Masters

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Thanasi Kokkinakis withdraws from Monte Carlo Masters

Rising Australian star Thanasi Kokkinakis has been forced to withdraw from the Monte Carlo Masters. The Australian is having yet another injury-plagued season. Kokkinakis returned to competitive action last week after being sidelined for nearly three months due to a right pectoral injury.

Unfortunately, the Australian's comeback didn't last long as his Barletta Challenger campaign ended with a withdrawal. The 23-year-old beat Giulio Zeppieri in the Barletta first round before he pulled out of his round-of-16 match against Gianluca Mager.

Yet, Kokkinakis appeared to be set to make his second consecutive appearance on the clay of Monte Carlo. The Australian waited until the last moment to see if he could play in Monte Carlo. Kokkinakis was drawn to meet Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round.

Instead, the German will be facing lucky loser Taro Daniel in the first round. Kokkinakis debuted at the Monte Carlo event last year but his debut campaign ended on an unfortunate way. The 23-year-old suffered a heavy fall during his Monte Carlo first round match against Russian Karen Khachanov but refused to quit the match as the Russian claimed a straight set win.

The tests Kokkinakis underwent post-match revealed that the Australian fractured his kneecap during a heavy fall. The Australian then missed the majority of the clay season but managed to return to action at Roland Garros but failed to make it past the French Open qualifying event as he lost in the second round.