Thanasi Kokkinakis Withdraws from the Australian Open

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Thanasi Kokkinakis Withdraws from the Australian Open

Tennis - Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis has announced his withdrawal from the first Grand Slam of the season - the Australian Open in Melbourne due to health concerns. The 23 year old Kokkinakis is ranked No. 199 in the world and would have either played the qualifying draw or required a main draw wild card but he announced his withdrawal on Friday though his social media account.

Kokkinakis wrote, "Unfortunately I’ve got some health concerns I need to take care of and will have to miss the Australian Open and Aussie summer. Shattered to miss my favourite part of the year but I have to look after myself first.

Always appreciate the continued support." Kokkinakis' latest withdrawal continues a series of setbacks for the Australian. He missed several tournaments last year due to a persistent pectoral injury. At last year's Australian Open in 2019, he retired midway through the second set of his first round match.

His last tournament was a Challenger tournament in September in California where he lost in the finals and he has not competed since then. Kokkinakis has played in the main draw in Melbourne on four occasions - reaching the second round in 2014 and 2015 while losing in the first round in 2018 and 2019.

The Australian Open starts in Melbourne on January 20th.