Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios is happy to see his close friend Thanasi Kokkinakis doing great in his life and finally feeling happy. Kokkinakis, 25, got off to a great start to his career as he achieved a career-high ranking of No.
69 as a teenager in 2015. Unfortunately, Kokkinakis was then struck by various injuries and multiple surgeries and long recoveries followed. Kokkinakis, who has several times spoken about being in a dark spot a few years ago, is finally healthy and playing the tennis of his life.
Kokkinakis captured his first ATP title in Adelaide, before he became a Grand Slam after winning the Australian Open doubles title with Kyrgios. Kokkinakis is now enjoying a strong Miami run as he has made the round-of-16 as a qualifier.
"Now he’s finally a happy person. He’s had some really bad years where he felt uncomfortable because of all the injuries. Now everything is going right and I think he deserves all his current happiness," Kyrgios said of Kokkinakis, per Mario Boccardi.
Nick #Kyrgios on Thanasi #Kokkinakis: "Now he’s finally a happy person. He’s had some really bad years where he felt uncomfortable because of all the injuries. Now everything is going right and I think he deserves all his current happiness" pic.twitter.com/pyvqam6bv0 — Mario Boccardi (@marioboc17) March 27, 2022
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis put up a stunning run at the Australian Open
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis asked the Australian Open organizers for a wildcard because they wanted to have some fun together at Melbourne Park.
Not only that they had great fun, they also became Grand Slam champions together. “I have won some big titles around the world, played some amazing matches. This one ranks one for me,” Kyrgios said after he and Kokkinakis won the Australian Open.
After winning the Australian Open, Kokkinakis admitted it felt surreal to win a Grand Slam with his close friend. “To be a Grand Slam champion with my boy, we have known each other since we were eight, nine years old, done some serious things together, have had some serious experiences, but this is incredible. We didn't expect this at all,” Kokkinakis said.