Thanasi Kokkinakis on dark times: I'd wak into cafes and get bad anxiety

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Thanasi Kokkinakis on dark times: I'd wak into cafes and get bad anxiety

Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis has revealed that a few years ago he was battling anxiety and depression and that he was in a really dark place. Kokkinakis, who achieved a career-high ranking of No. 69 in the world in 2015, battled various injuries since then and mentally it took a toll on him.

"Depression was a real thing. I’d walk into cafes and get really bad anxiety and I was, like, ‘I’ve got to get out of here’,” Kokkinakis said on the 'Ord neroli Speaking’. “I would just be crying in my room for no reason,” he said.

“I would get anxiety just going for a walk when there was no one in the vicinity of 100 meters from me. It was weird and I couldn’t really explain it.’ “Over time s**t changed and I just felt more comfortable and felt fine.

Started going to the gym again, built myself up physically and that helped me”.

Kokkinakis is feeling good now

"I don’t want to sound all doom and gloom here cause I’m good now,” Kokkinakis declared.

“It’s a real dark place and I don’t want anyone to go through it because as bad as the physical pain is the mental pain is way, way worse”. This season, Kokkinakis has had some results and he is certainly looking forward to the rest of the season.

Kokkinakis won his opener at the Australian Open, before falling short in tight five sets to Stefanos Tsitsipas. Also, Kokkinakis is now enjoying his time in the court. "We just wanted to have some fun out there and I think we did that.

The guys were just too good, so hats off to them,” Kokkinakis said after he and Nick Kyrgios exited the Australian Open men's doubles event. “We lost to the better team. They’re No.4 for a reason, so it’s all good."