For the first time since 2015, in 2018 Thanasi Kokkinakis can hope to have a full season. The Australian player came back to compete earlier this year in May at Lion, where he lost to Denis Istomin in straight sets.
It was his first ATP tournament in singles since 2015 Valencia, and his feelings weren't great. 'I just felt lost on court', he told Adelaide Now: 'I had no idea what I was doing, didn’t know how to construct a point. I was in a really dark place.
It was a combination of things, having my shoulder surgeries and being in a really dark spot for the past couple of years. At one point I wanted to go out with mates on a Saturday night but then at the same time I didn’t feel like I deserved that.
I didn’t feel like I had done anything to reward myself.' He added: 'I said to my coach and my trainers: ‘I’m just going to use my (injury) protected ranking and see where I’m at.
If my game’s no good and my body’s no good I might take a break and find something else, something that I enjoy.' At Roland Garros Kokkinakis lost to Kei Nishikori in four sets, then at Los Cabos he reached his first singles career final losing to Sam Querrey.
He will start 2018 at the Hopman Cup in Perth next to Daria Gavrilova, then will play World Tennis Challenge in Adelaide before competing at the Australian Open in the main draw through a wild card. ALSO READ: Wawrinka: 'I am not at my best, Melbourne is the goal.
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