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Old 04-08-2011, 09:02 AM   #1
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Turns 15 in two days but this week managed to get a win in the Maindraw of the Bundaberg Futures Tournament as a wildcard and then reportedly gave Michael Venus big struggles in the first set of their match. I don't know how many/if any 1995 kids currently have a seniors rank let alone those born in 1996.

This is his profile off Tennis Australia.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis made solid progress in 2010. In May he was a member of the Australian team that finished top of its pool in the Asia–Oceania qualifying event for the ITF World Junior Tennis Competition. In the finals the team finished seventh.

The right-hander, who took up tennis when he was eight years old, continued to improve in 2010 showing good form at both home and abroad.

A member of the Adelaide National Academy, Thanasi is coached by Todd Langman and Brod Dyke.

Thanasi says his career highlights to date are representing Australia in the World Junior Tennis Competition and winning European Young Stars events in Holland and Paris

His ambition is to be No.1 in the world and play Davis Cup for Australia. He says the most influential people on his career to date are his brother, parents and Langman, his first coach.

Thanasi’s favourite player is Frenchman Gael Monfils “because he is so entertaining”. The Year 9 Scotch College student’s favourite subjects are PE, Health and Tech and in his spare time he enjoys Playstation, watching TV and sleeping. He likes listening to techno, hip hop, R’n’B, Michael Jackson, David Guetta, and Ministry of Sound compilations. His favourite food is pizza and he also likes to play basketball.
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:05 AM   #2
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"enjoys Playstation, watching TV and sleeping. He likes listening to techno"

all these players are the same
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That's the criteria for success all right.. like his music taste.. Guetta is probably is pump up song before he steps out on court.

Good luck to the kid, pretty impressive results for a 14 year old and Venus is no slouch.
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Qualified and got through the first round in Mildura with a 6-7 7-6 7-5 victory over Adam Hubble. Good to see he is able to win a close match against a much more experienced opponent. Will have a tough match in the second round against the winner of Kubler vs Verryth.
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Into the semis of a 10k Belgian Hardcourt Future after having to qualify. Along the way he beat Luis Patino (979) 6-1 6-1, Ivo Mijic (839) 6-0 7-5 and then was leading 6-4 4-1 against Oliver Golding (513) before Golding retired. He plays the 3rd seed Elie Rousset (571) in the semis.
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Nice. Good luck Thanasi.
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Good luck to Thanasi in the semis! Been a great week for him!
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No luck in the semis with a very close three sets loss to the eventual champion. He also made the semis in the doubles after making the final in another futures double event the week before. Promising signs.
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