Nice article on him in Fairfax media:http://www.watoday.com.au/sport/tenn...801-zytcr.html
Here is a short extract:
...In the meantime, he has, Kyrgios-like, slashed his own ranking by more than 400 places from 628th at the start of a 2014 season that has nevertheless been interrupted by a year 12 study break back home in Adelaide, an illness that saw him placed in quarantine during Australia's Davis Cup tie against France in February, as well as the latest couple of injury episodes in a career already notable for its physical setbacks.
"My game's coming along well,’’ he said after defeating Taiwanese second seed Jimmy Wang at this week's Vancouver Challenger. "I've been working on my movement a lot, and my backhand … and I'm competing well, I've been fit and healthy for a while, so I suppose I can get a few wins when I'm not injured." Not that he had doubted it, for Kokkinakis has long been beating most opponents on the practice court, and is now working on how to regularly translate rehearsal to the main event...
But Kokkinakis is smart, and articulate, and already has a career at which he excels. He also has enough perspective to note of life on tour that: "It's the old thing: the better you do the more you enjoy it. No matter where you stay, how nice the area, if you're losing more than you'd like every week everything kind of sucks. So you could stay in a rubbish place, playing a tournament that's not great, you win, you still feel better, so that's pretty much what it's all about.''
...His goal, obviously, is to qualify at Flushing Meadows, having needed some time to get over the "dagger" that was his failure to convert a match point and thus make a similar breakthrough at Roland Garros. "That kind of hurt me a little bit mentally for a couple of weeks – not hurt me, just frustrated me. But I think I've bounced back now, and looking to go one better in New York."
If so, as the teenager acknowledges and Kyrgios has proved, anything can happen, and what was his friend's "unreal run" at SW19 is an example of what can be done when the planets align. He is not trying to emulate Kyrgios, though, for Kokkinakis is his own man, albeit still a young one working out how to deal with a friendly contemporary's outstanding success.
Yes, there was a warm message of congratulations after the Nadal match, but he might also have just gnashed his teeth. Just a little. In a good way. "I don't think it's a secret," says Kokkinakis, matter-of-factly. "Obviously he's a year older, but anyone around the same age would be wanting to do what he did there. It's a great run, but it's all about being consistent, and I'll definitely get my chance."