Wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis said he felt the emotions he had never felt before after winning his maiden ATP title. Kokkinakis, ranked at No. 145 in the world, recovered from a set down to beat Arthur Rinderknech 6-7 (6) 7-6 (5) 6-3 in the Adelaide 2 final.
“When I saw that final ball went long, I don’t think I’ve ever felt emotions like that,” Kokkinakis reflected, per the Adelaide International website. “You grow up playing, you never know if it’s ever going to happen.
I made one (ATP) final before. “Down a set, down a mini break in the breaker. From then on, from 2-0 in the second set, I started to play really good tennis. “To do it in Adelaide, a court I grew up playing on when I was seven, eight, nine years old, my hometown, in front of friends and family, they’ve had a tough year, ridden the ups and downs with me, yeah, I’m so happy”.
Kokkinakis went through a lot
Kokkinakis was once considered as one of the most promising players on the Tour but constant injuries and surgeries slowed his progress. Kokkinakis, 25, is now healthy and hoping to make some notable things.
“Just many, many emotions. Just relief. Happy. Not just for myself and the work I put in, but everyone that stuck by me. They see me at my lowest points,” Kokkinakis said. “To ride this high, it’s just validation, just happiness for everyone involved.
It’s as much their title as it is mine. “Just emotions boiled over. I started to get little feelings of it when I got up a break in the third set. I tried to stay as composed at possible. I started serving great. “I know how hard it is serving out matches, maybe serving out a title. I just decided to stay with it and break for the win”.