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Thanasi in the media

An article on his doubles with Kyrgios - and continuing to distance himself from the bad boy image:

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Playing US Open doubles with Nick Kyrgios is one thing, but Thanasi Kokkinakis wants no part in any new-age tennis brat pack with Australia's fallen star.

More than thirty years after John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Ilie Nastase raged against officialdom, Kyrgios is being dubbed the new bad boy of the sport after a series of infractions at Wimbledon and his now-infamous verbal taunting of Stan Wawrinka in Montreal.

Kyrgios on Saturday said he'd learnt his lesson and promised to lift his act after being hit with a suspended ban and fine for "aggravated behaviour".

Regardless of which way Kyrgios goes, good mate Kokkinakis wants to remain known as a cleanskin after former Davis Cup captain and Australian of the Year Pat Rafter branded the teenager "our role model, our Australian tennis pin-up boy" at Wimbledon.

"I haven't done anything to be a bad boy. I'm just doing my own thing and whatever," Kokkinakis said ahead of his first-round clash at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday with Richard Gasquet.

"To be honest, it's pretty comical when I read the headlines and they bunch it together like that.

"But everyone's going to write what they want to write. Until people read the article and what actually happened, then they can make an opinion.

"But when they categorise it, it does annoy me a little bit.

"But it's pretty funny so I try not too worry about it."
The laidback 19-year-old was unfairly dragged into Kyrgios's dark on-court antics when Kyrgios told French Open champion Stan Wawrinka at this month's Montreal Masters that "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate".

While Kyrgios has been fined and heavily sanctioned, Kokkinakis has also suffered.

He almost came to blows with Ryan Harrison after the American in turn sledged Kokkinakis, effectively tarring the South Australian with the same brush as Kyrgios.

"I'm just playing tennis and trying to avoid all the rubbish," Kokkinakis said.
"Obviously it was weird what he (Kyrgios) did. He shouldn't have done it, of course.

"But I'm fine with him. I talked with him, he apologised to me. It's all good, we're past it now and we've just got to move on."
Partners at Melbourne Park this year, Kokkinakis and Kyrgios - the 2013 Wimbledon junior doubles champions - are teaming up in New York for the first time.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/t...#ixzz3kIFxxtll
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I definitely see Kokkinakis's potential to be a role model and I hope his connection with Kyrgios does not harm that.

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Apparerently Thanasi and Nick are out of the doubles draw...
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Apparerently Thanasi and Nick are out of the doubles draw...
Well that was short-lived!
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Apparerently Thanasi and Nick are out of the doubles draw...
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Tomic, Matosevic, Groth, Jones, JP Smith, Matty Reid, Barton, Duckworth, Whittington, Kubler, Kyrgios, Bolt, Kokkinakis, Polansky and James Ward
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The official double draw is now out and they aren't on it.

But it isn't clear what happened - on ranking they could have got in, but as far as I can see weren't on the original entry list. But the sudden flurry of media on the possibility of them playing suggests they perhaps got a wildcard (in lieu of the women's one?). If so, did Nick get pissed because of Thanasi's distancing from him? Or did Thanasi (or his father!) decide the risks of association were too high. Or did the wildcard get pulled because adverse publicity of Nick getting one...
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Thanasi on recovering from Wimbledon illness and chances in USO, by Darren Walton at MSN:

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Physically and mentally revitalised, Thanasi Kokkinakis gives himself a shot of upsetting Wimbledon semi-finalist Richard Gasquet on Tuesday to ignite his US Open campaign.

Kokkinakis is back to his fighting weight after a nasty bug attacked his system and shed 4kg from his 196cm frame in the week before Wimbledon.

It was no surprise the 19-year-old fatigued in a demanding 7-6 7-6 6-4 loss to 21st seed Leonardo Mayer at the All England Club.

Now he's eager to atone for failing to progress beyond the opening round at a grand slam for the first time since debuting at Melbourne Park last year.

"I'm feeling more healthy. I've maintained weight, which is ideal," Kokkinakis said on the eve of his main-draw debut at Flushing Meadows.

"I played the juniors two years ago and played well, made the final.

"I played qualifying last year and didn't do as well as I liked so it's going to be different playing the main draw.

"I can't wait to get out there. I love a good atmosphere when you're playing tennis. That's why you play."

Kokkinakis, the world No.70, is bracing for a tough time against Gasquet, the French 12th seed who eliminated his doubles partner Nick Kyrgios from Wimbledon.

But a proven big-match performer with grand slam and Davis Cup wins over a bunch of higher-ranked rivals, the teenager fancies his chances of claiming another scalp.

"It's obviously a tough match, but I played him a couple of weeks ago in Cincy so I know what to expect," Kokkinakis said.

"He's a quality player, fresh off a semi-final at Wimbledon.

"But I had my chance to win the first set against him. I was up 4-1 serving in the tiebreaker so I know when I play well I can definitely match him and beat these guys.

"So I've just got to put it together on the day."

Like his untimely illness, Kyrgios's taunt to French Open champion Stan Wawrinka in Montreal that "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend" also caused the exciting youngster some sleepless nights.

He also had an on-court confrontation with American Ryan Harrison days later as a direct result of Kyrgios's crude sledge.

But Kokkinakis says he's moved on.

"I'm past it. All good," he said.

"I actually played some good tennis after it happened too. I had some good wins, so I'm feeling fine."

An upset win over Gasquet would put Kokkinakis on the path to a potential third-round showdown with either Lleyton Hewitt or Bernard Tomic, who also play their openers on Tuesday...
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USO poll result, who is the best up and comer?!

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A rather belated defense of Thanasi from TA. Better late than never I guess:

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Thanasi Kokkinakis has been the collateral damage in the recent storm around his friend Nick Kyrgios and deserves kudos rather than criticism for his own behaviour, according to Tennis Australia president Steve Healy.

Kokkinakis, the younger of the talented duo regularly referred to as the "Special Ks", was dragged into an unwelcome spotlight by the infamous Kyrgios sledge of Stan Wawrinka at the Montreal Masters. In a fiery qualifying match in Cincinnati soon after, Kokkinakis and his opponent Ryan Harrison twice had to be separated by the chair umpire, with Harrison declaring: "Wawrinka should've decked Kyrgios, and I should deck that kid."

While he was last seen smashing a racquet after cramp foiled a potential US Open upset of Richard Gasquet, Kokkinakis has been defended staunchly by Healy. The teenager is currently in Glasgow, competing with Sam Groth for the second singles berth behind Bernard Tomic in the Davis Cup semi-final against Britain.

"One thing I do feel quite keenly about is I think Thanasi's been dragged into the fray a little bit," Healy said. "He did break a racquet when he lost when he cramped in the US, but he's not the first player to break a racquet out of frustration with himself, and I know Thanasi well enough to know he wouldn't be proud of that.

"But, really, he's handled himself extremely well, in pretty provocative circumstances in the US with Harrison and so on, and I think he deserves a lot of credit. He's a great team around him, he's got a great family around him and I just think he's been a little hard done by.

"He's a very mature 19-year-old, he works very hard, and he fits in with the team and so on, he hasn't ever had an issue with the other players, he's well respected in the locker room, he trains hard, he's in great shape, he's a very stable and mature young guy and I just think he deserves to be judged on his own merits."
Healy also backed the decision to overlook Kyrgios for the important tie, starting on Friday, describing the "mutual decision" as the right thing for all, but backing the Canberran to return as a long-term fixture in the team.

"First of all we want the team to be completely focused on the tie and not all the controversy around [Kyrgios]," Healy said. "And I think Nick, he's risen very quickly, as people like Federer and Murray have pointed out, he's growing up in the public eye and he's made some terrible errors and deserves all the criticism he gets, but we're trying to support him, we're trying to help him understand the consequences of his actions, and some time out of the limelight where he can just reflect on that I think is appropriate and it's best for the team and it's best for him."

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Right attitude at least (AAP):

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Battered but not broken, Bernard Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis are hoping to dive back into the trenches to lead Australia to a first Davis Cup final in 12 years on Sunday night.

Australia’s semi-final with Great Britain is guaranteed to go down to the final day after the century-old rivals split the opening singles rubbers at the Emirates Arena.

British spearhead Andy Murray humbled Kokkinakis 6-3 6-0 6-3 in a sublime display of power and precision before Tomic dragged Australia back into the contest with a gruelling 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 victory over Dan Evans.

However pivotal Saturday’s pivotal doubles may be, the best-of-five-match tie will be decided in the reverse singles.

That is the only certainty.

As their nation’s respective No.1s, Tomic will take on Murray first up, with the Australian confident of recovering from his emotionally and physically draining three-hour win over Evans....

Tomic’s 15th win from 17 Davis Cup encounters has the 22-year-old projected to crack the world’s top 20 for the first time in his career and Kokkinakis believes the two-time grand slam junior champion is capable of upsetting Scotland’s dual men’s major winner.

“Me and Bernie have a very different game style,” Kokkinakis said.

“I don’t think he’s beaten him before, but Bernie’s in good form and he always seems to play well in Davis Cup – very different players, very different guys.

“We came back from 2-0 against Kazakhstan. Obviously playing Andy is a bit different, but I have confidence in my team.”

While his British counterpart Leon Smith has no alternative than to play Evans – his only singles option – again, Australian captain Wally Masur has the luxury of being able to choose between Kokkinakis, Hewitt and Sam Groth for the fifth and potentially deciding rubber.

Kokkinakis admits it’s impossible for his confidence not to have taken “a little” hit by his drubbing from Murray.

But the 19-year-old still hopes to get the nod to face Evans.

“I got killed. I haven’t lost a set 6-0 in a long time. It’s not good for the ego, that’s for sure,” Kokkinakis said.

“I’ve practised with him a fair few times and I can say that’s the best he’s ever played against me by a mile.

“I’ve got to stay resilient. I’ve got to know that whoever I play next, that there’s not too many players in the world who could go close to (Murray) if he plays like that.

“I know I had a little bit to do with him playing that well. But I think I can bounce back.

“I’ve just got to take it on the chin and move on.”
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Schmoozing the Greek media:

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In recent years, many Greek family names have appeared in world tennis. But despite the initial impression left by their sounding, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis are not competing for Greece but for Australia.

A few days ago, Kokkinakis arrived in Athens to participate in the match, demonstration, with Stefanos Tsitsipas that was organized by the Greek OTE TV and took place in Tatoi Tennis Club. During the visit, he gave an exclusive interview to the Greek website for tennis news, tennis24.gr.

In it, the 19-year-old tennis player is speaking about how much he feels like Greek, which is his major sporting purpose, telling interesting things from his life and career. Along with Thanasi, his father Trevor and his brother Panagiotis arrived in Athens as well. As tennis24.gr editor Marinos Tachtsidis writes, Kokkinakis who was born and raised in Adelaide very well understood the questions that the media representatives asked in Greek. According to him, the tennis player can speak Greek too but lacks the confidence to speak it freely.

Thanasi Kokkinakis’ major goal is not different from that of all his colleagues, namely to win a Grand Slam title. "I would like to win such a title. My career is just beginning and its start was very good. When you are young, you have many dreams and want to do many things. I would also like to participate in the Olympic Games, to compete with the national team and win a Davis cup. I will do my best for it," he told tennis24.gr.

Number 71 in the world tennis rankings is using his trip to Athens to rest, have a walk and enjoy Greek cuisine.

"I relaxed and had a rest those days. I needed this. This year I played a lot of tennis and needed a few days of rest. In Athens, we went out and had a good time. I enjoy Greek food very much and like eating grilled meat, potatoes with oregano, aubergines and others. For dessert I chose mainly loukoumades (fritters with honey - editor’s note)."

Kokkinakis feels Greek and does not hide it. "The origin is very important for all people. Both my parents are of Greek origin. I was born in Australia, I went to school and learned to play tennis there. But I feel Greek. I feel very close to Greece. I would like to come here more often, although it is difficult. I will try to come more often. There are many European tournaments and I will try to organize short holidays here while they are taking place. I owe much to Australia, because I grew up there, but my family is Greek."

Thanasi Kokkinakis notes that the support of the Australian Tennis Federation is crucial for his success in tennis. "In Greece, tennis is not as popular as football and basketball. In Australia, tennis has a long history, there are very good tennis facilities and children can easily start dealing with this sport, whereas children in Greece want to play football and basketball more. The Australian Tennis Federation has helped me a lot. My coach Todd Langmann is its collaborator. The team that participated in the Davis Cup supports me as well.

Tachtsidis and Kokkinakis finish the conversation with a round of quick questions and answers.

Federer or Nadal? - Federer.

Grand Slam or number one in the world? - Grand Slam.

Djokovic or Murray? - Murray.

US Open or Australian Open? - Australian Open.

Serve or return of serve? - Serve.

Sharapova or Ivanovic? - Ivanovic.

Forehand or backhand? - Forehand.

Australia or Greece? - Both (he is laughing).

Cross court or down the line? - Down the line.
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A short video of him speaking Greek and talking about his decision to play tennis etc
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It's not right that he should have to choose between players (at the bottom I mean).

An active player shouldn't be forced to choose out of two other players

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