He was then replaced within the reverse singles by Lleyton Hewitt who secured Australia a spot within the semifinals. Kokkinakis received a wildcard also into the 2015 Australian Open, where he defeated eleventh seed Ernests Gulbis in the first spherical, and then lost to compatriot Sam Groth in five units in round 2. In February, Kokkinakis qualified for 3 ATP World Tour events; Memphis, Delray and Mexican Open. In March, Kokkinakis played his first live rubber on the Davis Cup. He defeated Czech, Lukáš Rosol in five sets, four–6, 2–6, 7–5, 7–5, 6–three. He was awarded a wild card into Indian Wells the place he defeated Jan-Lennard Struff, Guillermo García-López and Juan Mónaco before dropping to Bernard Tomic in the fourth round.
- Following, he competed in Istanbul Open the place he completed three rounds of qualifying, but shedding within the round of 32 to Dusan Lajovic 6–4, 7–5.
- He then pushed World No.6 Stefanos Tsitsipas to 5 units earlier than dropping a thriller.
- Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis in a mid-2013 portrait, after they were well established as rising younger stars of Australian tennis.
- Kokkinakis thought-about retirement many occasions as he battled debilitating shoulder, groin, pectoral, again, knee and elbow problems.
“Adelaide’s Thanasi Kokkinakis enjoys time in Hopman Cup spotlight”. Despite lacking half of the 12 months as a result of harm, Kokkinakis completed 2013 with a ranking of number 627. Kokkinakis was born in Adelaide to Greek immigrant parents, Trevor from Kalamata, Greece and Voula from Tripoli, Greece.
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In the primary spherical he defeated 8th seed Julien Benneteau in straight units. Kokkinakis and Grigor Dimitrov have been additionally awarded a wildcard into the doubles event. They reached the semifinals, where they lost to Kei Nishikori and Alexandr Dolgopolov. Kokkinakis misplaced the final of US Open Boys’ Singles, shedding in three sets against Borna Ćorić, 6–three, 3–6, 1–6. Following the outcome, Kokkinakis reached a career high junior rating of 10.
The third recreation of the deciding set – the forty seventh of the match – lasted 14 minutes and included seven deuces. Kokkinakis discovered reserves of power his damage plagued physique had beforehand denied him. In September, Kokkinakis reached the final of the Tiburon Challenger, the place he went on to lose to Tommy Paul in three sets.
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Using a protective rating, Kokkinakis played his first singles match since October 2015 at Lyon shedding to Denis Istomin in straight units. The following week, Kokkinakis received a wildcard into Queen’s where he defeated Milos Raonic in his opening match in straight units to record his first high 10 victory. He lost to Daniil Medvedev within the second spherical for the second consecutive week. Entering the Los Cabos Open as a wildcard, Kokkinakis first defeated world no. 60 Frances Tiafoe in straight tie breaker sets. He then followed that with two extra wins over Peter Polansky and Taylor Fritz to succeed in the semifinals.
Next, he competed within the Miami Open, the place he misplaced within the first round to Carlos Berlocq. Following, he competed in Istanbul Open the place he completed three rounds of qualifying, however shedding within the spherical of 32 to Dusan Lajovic 6–4, 7–5. Following Istanbul, he certified for the Madrid Open, and he fell within the first spherical to Sam Querrey in three units, however, this improved his rating and broke him into the highest one hundred for the primary time. He began 2013 by filling-in on the United States and German teams during the 2013 Hopman Cup as a substitute for injured John Isner and Tommy Haas. Kokkinakis competed in the qualifying competition of the 2013 Australian Open, shedding to Steve Johnson 15–17 in the third set.
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Kyrgios and Kokkinakis each misplaced in round one of the match that 12 months. Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios look on from the team bench during an Australia vs Uzbekistan Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie at Cottesloe Tennis Club in Perth throughout September 2014. Kyrgios beat Denis Istomin in straight units in one of many opening singles rubbers as Australia regained its World Group place.