The rebirth of Thanasi Kokkinakis after multiple injuries

The tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis was one of the new faces of the last litters of Australian tennis. At the age of 19, the native of Adelaide knew how to get into the best 70 in the world, but injuries began to affect his career and led to a long inactivity.

The Australian’s progress began to stall following shoulder surgery in 2015., which left him out for a year, a broken knee suffered at the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 in 2018, after defeating Roger Federer, another shoulder injury at the 2019 US Open, and mononucleosis in early 2020.

The little activity due to the various physical inconveniences led the player to have a setback in the ranking. In fact, during the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 it was not on the world rankings.

Despite the injuries, the 25-year-old tennis player seems to have rediscovered the level that led him to be among the top 100 in the world. The resurgence began last year when he began to reap good results on the Challenger circuit, since he won the tournament in Biella, Italy, and reached the final in Sibu, Romania, which allowed him to climb to 171st place in the world.

As a result of these triumphs, the Australian was nominated for the ATP awards in the Comeback of the Year category, where the American Mackenzie McDonald won.

This 2022 seems to have suited the finalist of the ATP 250 Los Cabos 2017, because in Adelaide, his homeland, he has been obtaining great victories. In the first of the tournaments played in the aforementioned city, he reached the semifinals, defeating outstanding players such as the American Frances Tiafoe and the Swedish Mikael Ymer.

In the second contest, he achieved one of the best victories in recent years, since he beat the number 24 in the world, the American John Isner, by 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) and 7-6 (4). In addition, he swept Frenchman Benoit Paire in straight sets.

With his victory against his compatriot Aleksandar Vukic, Kokkinakis secured a new semifinal and will go in search of his second definition at the ATP level, although first he must face the Croatian Marin Cilic.

With a rise to 145th in the world, the Australian is looking for his return to the top 100, something that at this level does not seem far away.