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The return....Thanasi's recovery

Posted on twitter a little while ago, piccie of Thanasi with racket in correct hand at last:

Andrew Rondinelli ‏@Rondinelli_A 22 minutes ago
Great to have him back on court this week. Now it's time for some recovery. @TKokkinakis @Ben Mathias @Physio Scott

Here's hoping for a fast recovery from hereon in...
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The return can't come soon enough - the only one of the Australians who has even the vaguest idea of how to behave in public.

And he keeps ending up the victim for his troubles (even stupid Groth got into him in public a few weeks back, yet once again Thanai handled it with grace declining to retaliate, just a mild comment about better not saying it to outsiders...).
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The return can't come soon enough - the only one of the Australians who has even the vaguest idea of how to behave in public.

And he keeps ending up the victim for his troubles (even stupid Groth got into him in public a few weeks back, yet once again Thanai handled it with grace declining to retaliate, just a mild comment about better not saying it to outsiders...).
What happened with Groth?

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Thanasi Kokkinakis - a pioneer of intelligence and good character in Australian tennis. I don't know If I can hold out until May... It's been two months and I'm already tiring of the #Bern.
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What happened with Groth?
Made some snarky comments about Kokk always being late, forgetting things, blah blah blah when asked about training together with him.
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Bad news:

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Kokkinakis cannot play before May 2 in order to use a protected ranking of 81. But his recovery is tracking slower than expected and he may not be ready for the French Open on May 16.
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What a shame, up until now I'd only heard positive things about his rate of progress. You'd hope this surgery was effective...

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Starting to wonder if Thanasi's promise will ever be realised...
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Promise?

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I have to agree - I've got rather a bad feeling about this year for him, even if he does come back in time for the French.
It's hard to gauge whether he is a true future contender, or simply an eternal 'prospect'.

I sincerely hope that he's the former, because he really is a breath of fresh air.

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Yes the original plan was a march return; now even May looking dodgy.

It may be of course that he just doesn't want to look bad at RG due to need to get some match play beforehand or else risk being seriously under-cooked, but all the signs seem negative.

Shame since his performance at RG last year really was very convincing even though a long way off serious challenger to Djoker as yet. Had the momentum continued though, you might have thought he might be within reach by now. As it is, who knows if his shoulder will ever recover that it was originally...

I have to admit I've long been in the school that thought he had more potential than Nick (and not just because of clearly superior mentality), matter of a game style that would inevitably take a bit longer to develop to full power.

But can't get there without the hours on court in real match play as opposed to practice...
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Assorted stories around on the slowness of the recovery, from Leo Schlink, News Corp:

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A SLOWER than expected recovery form surgery has thrown Thanasi Kokkinakis’ plans into disarray and scuttled the young star’s Olympic aspirations.

The South Australian teenager’s right shoulder was operated on in late December and he hoped to have resumed by now.

But he is yet to build full strength in the arm after surgeons shaved the end of his collarbone to free up the bursa.

“It’s slowly getting better,” Kokkinakis, one of the most exciting talents in world tennis, said.

“I haven’t started serving yet, I’m hitting the forehand at probably 50 per cent and the backhand at 90 per cent.


“Obviously I don’t want to try to come back and play a tournament before I’m ready.

“The claycourt season is probably my favourite time of the year and I really want to play the French Open (June ), but if I don’t, so be it.

“I can play it for the next 10 years, hopefully.

“The most disappointing thing is that I’ll miss the chance to have a crack at the Olympics. I was really looking forward to that...”

...His main priority is to regain fitness and form.

“It’s going all right, it’s been 12 weeks now since I had the surgery,” he said.

“There’s a few things going on in the shoulder, but it’s getting better.

“There’s a bit of post-surgery soreness. I’ve got full range of movement, but not all the time.

“The goal was to be ready for the French Open, but I’m not sure now.”

Kokkinakis dislocated his right shoulder playing basketball a few years ago.

Soreness in the AC joint last season plagued Kokkinakis and, after using weights “screwed it up even more”, it was eventually decided to opt for surgery.

“My overall fitness is OK, but I’m just working on getting the shoulder completely right before I go back.”
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Oh no

Shoulder surgery is serious business.

Let's hope he gets back to full fitness, no matter how long that takes.
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