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Kokkinakis climbs to new heights

Written on the 19 November 2015

Armed with a powerful serve, lashing forehand and increasing physical presence, Scotch Old Collegian Thanasi Kokkinakis truly arrived on the men's tour in 2015. Add to those elements a fearsome mental strength, and it becomes clear that tennis has another bright young star.

The Australian's achievements in the past 11 months have earned him a Newcombe Medal finalist nomination; the prestigious medal is awarded to the nation's most outstanding player and ambassador for the sport.

Reflecting on his season's highlights, Kokkinakis said: "Obviously that round one match at the Australian Open, beating Gulbis, who was the 11th seed then, that was huge for me in front of that crazy atmosphere.

"And then to back that up in Davis Cup winning my first live rubber, being down two sets to love in Czech Republic in a pretty hostile environment.

"Also responding then by making the fourth round at Indian Wells, that was pretty huge as well.

"And obviously my best Grand Slam result, coming back and beating Bernie (Tomic) actually and making third round of the French (Open) and playing (Novak) Djokovic."

All of those results came in a stellar first half of season 2015, in which the South Australian shaved his ranking from No.149 to No.69 and went a sparkling 29-10 through the end of Roland Garros.

What's more, it was the manner in which those victories were achieved he showed a remarkable ability to rebound from deficits and grit out epic victories.

Read the full article online at tennis.com.au

The Newcombe Medal, Australian Tennis Awards will be held at Melbourne's Crown Palladium on Monday 23 November.

 


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