Tennis - While many players are wondering what they should do for the next few weeks as the tennis tour has shut down, perhaps they can ask Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis for advise. The young Australian posted an update on Twitter saying 'Been in hiatus the last 5 years' referring to the current tennis shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 23 year old Australian's career has been plagued by injuries over the past few years. In 2013, Kokkinakis sustained a stress fracture in his back in the Australian Open boys' final which kept him out of competition until mid 2013.
In December 2015, Kokkinakis missed the first six months due to an ongoing left shoulder injury and later that same year, he suffered a pulled pectoral muscle. He also suffered a knee injury in May 2018. His 2019 season was also limited to just 9 tournaments due to injuries and he has not played since September last year, with his ranking currently being no.
235 in the world. He has been ranked as high as No. 65 in the world. One of the Australian's best wins on the tour came in the second round of the 2018 Miami Open when he defeated then World Number 1 Roger Federer. Given the amount of time he has had while he has been away from the courts, the Australian would certainly be a good candidate to advise the others on tour how to best use their time while the tour is shut down.
Been in hiatus the last 5 years🥴 — Thanasi Kokkinakis (@TKokkinakis) March 14, 2020