YET another injury blow has derailed Thanasi Kokkinakis, with the rising Australian star now in doubt for the Australian Open.
Kokkinakis will undergo scans on an abdominal strain on Wednesday that ruled him out of the Sydney International, just a day after he opened up about his 15 months of injury hell that forced him out of competitive action until the start of this year.
The 20-year-old conceded that his hopes of playing at the Australian Open, where he would have partnered Jordan Thompson in the doubles after the pair combined to win the Brisbane International title, are now looking slim.
“I can’t make any guarantees on anything,” Kokkinakis said. “Obviously Jordan came up, ‘what does that mean for doubles?’ So I’m still keen to play, obviously, but I’m going to take it day by day and see what the outcome is tomorrow and then go from there.
Thanasi Kokkinakis is in doubt for the Australian Open with an abdominal strain.
“The last couple of injuries I had last year, I was obviously initially disappointed, but then I just kind of laughed it off. I mean, what can you do too much? You can’t really dwell on it.
“Again, I know where my level is at, and I’m very confident in my game. I just can’t keep missing weeks and missing times with little niggles. I’ve just got to do what’s best for my body.”
It is a relief that Kokkinakis has not re-injured his troublesome shoulder. This latest injury occurred during his doubles final win in Brisbane last Sunday.
“I felt it on one serve, it was ... Love-15, because I double-faulted, Love-15 in the final, doubles final, I went to serve to the ad court and I made the serve,” he said.
“I thought I was cramping, so I looked over to my box and I said, ‘No, I’m cramping’. I thought it was nerves or something. Yeah, I don’t think it was a cramp.”
Thanasi Kokkinakis suffered the injury during the doubles final at the Brisbane International.
Kokkinakis could not hide his disappointment when asked if he knew when he may return to action.
“I wish did, I’m over that right now, I have no idea, could be soon, could be later,” he said.
“I have set too many goals for myself as far as tournaments go and schedules go. I guess we’ll see how this thing goes.
“I’m going to see how it is for next week or see all the possibilities for that are.
“And then the next biggest one for me I guess after that would be Indian Wells. That’s the next big one, I guess, barring the Australian Open. I’m just going to see.”
Damn, I though that he would at least play doubles at the Australian Open but even that might not happen. I hope it isn't too bad.