Thanasi Kokkinakis is an Australian professional tennis player. His current singles ranking is No. 159 (16 January 2023) whereas his highest ranking is No. 69 (8 June 2015). His singles career record is 51–67 (43.2% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup). Likewise, his current doubles ranking is No. 15 (21 November 2022) whereas his highest ranking is No. 15 (21 November 2022). His doubles career record is 38–29 (56.7% in ATP Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup).
Kokkinakis started playing tennis when he was about 7 years old after that he started playing the sport recreationally with his brother. During his junior career, he had reached a peak ranking of number 10. In 2013, he won the Wimbledon boys’ doubles title and finished as the boys’ singles runner-up at both the Australian Open and the US Open. His breakthrough year in top-flight tennis was 2015 when he reached his peak ATP rankings in both the singles and the doubles formats and also recorded his best Grand Slam performances in both the singles and the doubles formats. However, the year had ended on a sour note for him as he was forced to undergo shoulder surgery to repair an ongoing injury.
In January 2017, when he won the doubles title at the Brisbane International, the first ATP-level doubles title of his career, and as of January 2022, the only such title of his career, he and Jordan Thompson had become the first Australian duo ever to win the Brisbane International. The biggest win of his career came in March 2018 when he upset the defending champion and the then world number 1 ranked Roger Federer in the 2nd round of the Miami Open with a scoreline of 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). In 2022, he won the Australian Open doubles title partnering with Kyrgios, and the pair competed in the year-end championships.
What is Thanasi Kokkinakis Famous For?
- Thanasi Kokkinakis is a professional tennis player from Adelaide.
- Thanasi is famous for recording his first major win at the 2022 Wimbledon Championship over Kamil Majchrzak.
What is Thanasi Kokkinakis born name?
Thanasi Kokkinakis took birth on April 10, 1996, which makes him the present age of 26 as of 2022. His born name is Athanasios Kokkinakis. He was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia to Greek immigrant parents. Thanasi is the son of Trevor (Tryfon) Kokkinakis (father) and Voula Kokkinakis (née Paraskevi) (mother). He grew up with his two siblings namely Panayoti ‘Pan’ Kokkinakis (Brother), and Christina Kokkinakis (Sister). He is Australian-Greek by nationality and his ethnicity is Mixed as he is of Greek descent. Also, he is a citizen of Perivolakia Pylos. His zodiac sign is Aries and he follows Christianity religion.
Thanasi attended Scotch College throughout his upbringing in Adelaide.
Thanasi Kokkinakis Tennis Career
- In March 2009, Thanasi Kokkinakis came to fame after he won the 12-year-old National Lawn Tennis tournament in Mildura beating Joshua Bray 6–1, 6–2 in the final. In the same year, he was selected with fellow Australian tennis representatives James Ma, Li Tu, and Daniel Talens, on a Tennis Australian European tour.
- He received a wildcard into the 2013 Australian Open juniors tournament. In the final, he faced fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios which he lost.
- He returned to competitive play at Wimbledon. He made the third round in the boys’ singles and won the boys’ doubles with Nick Kyrgios. Later, he lost the final of the US Open Boys’ Singles, losing in three sets against Borna Ćorić, 6–3, 3–6, 1–6.
- At age 14, he began his professional career in March 2011 at the Australia F3 Future event where he lost to Leon Frost. He recorded his first professional win the following week against Kento Takeuchi at the Australia F4 event.
- He Futures events in Australia, Slovenia, Germany, and the Netherlands in 2012. He finished the year by reaching the semifinals at the Australia F12 event where he lost to Ben Mitchell.
- His 2013 started with the 2013 Hopman Cup. He then competed in the qualifying competition of the 2013 Australian Open, losing to Steve Johnson 15–17 in the third set. In October, he paired up with Benjamin Mitchell and won the Melbourne Challenger defeating Alex Bolt and Andrew Whittington in the final in straight sets.
- He finished his year at the 2013 Traralgon Challenger where he lost in the second round to James Duckworth in straight sets. He finished 2013 with a ranking of number 627 despite missing half of the year due to injury.
- He then began 2014 by qualifying at the 2014 Brisbane International after receiving a wildcard. He reached the semis of the 2014 Heilbronner Neckarcup. Later, he lost to number 1 seed Jan-Lennard Struff.
- Then, he received a wild card in the French Open. He lost to Ante Pavić, 6–4, 6–7, 5–7 in the final. He then won his first singles title in Canada on July 13, defeating Fritz Wolmarans in the final. He finished 2014 with a ranking of number 150.
- He began 2015 at the Brisbane International where he received a wild card into the main draw. He lost in the second round against compatriot Bernard Tomic. He received a wildcard also into the 2015 Australian Open. Later, he lost to compatriot Sam Groth in five sets in round 2. He played his first live rubber at the Davis Cup in March. Next, he competed in the Miami Open, where he lost in the first round to Carlos Berlocq.
- He won the Challenger BNP Paribas Primrose (Bordeaux) defeating Thiemo de Bakker, then got a wildcard into the French Open which he lost to eventual finalist and world number 1 Novak Djokovic.
- He began his grass court season at the Queen’s Club Championships. He lost in the second round to Gilles Simon. He finished the year 2015, with a ranking of 80.
- On December 24, 2015, Kokkinakis announced that he would sit out the entire Australian summer of tennis, including the Australian Open, due to an ongoing left shoulder injury. Likewise, he also missed the 2016 French Open and 2016 Wimbledon Championships. His first competitive match in 2016 came at the 2016 Summer Olympics, where he lost in the first round to Gastão Elias. Later, he announced his injuries were caused by vanity, as he lifted weights to increase his bicep size, especially with the news that Nike was bringing out new sleeveless tops.
- He made his comeback at the Brisbane International after receiving a wildcard in doubles with Jordan Thompson. They won the title defeating Gilles Müller and Sam Querrey.
- He played his first singles match since October 2015 at Lyon losing to Denis Istomin in straight sets. In June, he defeated Mikhail Youzhny at ‘s-Hertogenbosch. This was his first ATP tour win since August 2015.
- Thanasi then upset the first seed and Wimbledon 2017 semifinalist Tomáš Berdych to reach his first ATP final, losing to Sam Querrey. He lost in round 1 of the US Open to Janko Tipsarević in August. This was his final match of the year and ended 2017 with a singles rank of 209.
- He started his 2018 year at the Australian Open losing to Daniil Medvedev in round 1. At the 2018 Miami Open, he defeated world No. 1 Roger Federer in the second round in three sets, 3–6 6–3 7–6, gaining the biggest victory of his career. He lost in the second round of qualifying for the French Open in May.
- He qualified for and lost in the first round of the 2019 Brisbane International in January 2019. He qualified for the 2019 Australian Open but retired in the first round against Taro Daniel.
- After that, he returned to the Challenger tour in Winnetka; but withdrew before his semi-final match because of an injury that kept him out of the 2019 French Open and Wimbledon.
- He was awarded a wildcard into the 2019 Los Cabos Open in July. He defeated Maxime Janvier in the first round to record his first win on the ATP Tour in 492 days. He backed up that win at the 2019 US Open where he took out Ilya Ivashka in four sets. In September, he reached the final of the Tiburon Challenger, where he went on to lose to Tommy Paul in three sets.
- He was selected as a wildcard for the Men’s Singles Draw for the 2021 Australian Open. He lost to 5th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in a 4.5-hour, epic 5-set match. He also qualified for the Miami Masters but lost to 29th seed Márton Fucsovics.
- He reached his first challenger final in almost 2 years, and won his first challenger title in almost 3 at the second Biella Challenger, beating Enzo Couacaud in the final. His next event was Nottingham, where he lost in a tight 3-set match to defending champion and top seed Dan Evans. He ended 2021 with an ATP singles rank of 171.
- He began his 2021 season as a wildcard at home in the first Adelaide tournament. In the semifinal, he was defeated by top seed & eventual champion Gaël Monfils in straight sets. During the second tournament, he defeated Arthur Rinderknech in the final in 3 sets to win his first ATP Tour-level singles title.
- He received a wildcard into the doubles as well, where he partnered with Nick Kyrgios. The two won their first doubles Grand Slam against Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell becoming the first all-Australian men’s doubles champions at the Australian Open since Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde triumphed in 1997. At his next two tournaments in Delray Beach and Indian Wells, Kokkinakis lost in straight sets in the first round to Sebastian Korda.
- He played his first clay court tournament of 2022 in Geneva, where he lost to second seed and defending champion Casper Ruud in straight sets.
- At the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, he lost to number 1 seed and eventual champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets. In Atlanta, in the doubles, he won his second title with Kyrgios, beating fellow Australians Jason Kubler and John Peers. The pair also qualified for the 2022 ATP Finals in Turin having won the Australian Open.
- He started his 2023 year in Adelaide. In the first tournament, he defeated Maxime Cressy but lost in the second round to Jannik Sinner. In the second tournament, he reached the semifinals, where he lost to Roberto Bautista Agut in 3 sets.
- At the Australian Open, he beat Fabio Fognini in straight sets in the first round to reach the second round in Melbourne for the fourth time in his career. He lost to Andy Murray in the second round.
Who is Thanasi Kokkinakis’s Girlfriend?
Thanasi Kokkinakis is not married yet and he does not have a girlfriend as of now. He is single and he is enjoying his solo life happily rather than being in a relationship. He is completely focused on his career for now and is looking towards having a good 2023 season after being plagued by injuries for most of his career. A few years ago, there were speculations that Kokkinakis may be gay but he is yet to come out so this can’t be confirmed. Whereas he has time and again raised his voice for the LGBTQ community, even at the 2022 Australian Open. His sexual orientaiton is straight.
Previously, on August 12, 2015, Nick Kyrgios revealed that Kokkinakis had previously slept with Donna Vekić, the alleged girlfriend of Stan Wawrinka while playing Wawrinka at the Montreal Masters. He later responded to Kyrgios’s comments, saying “I let him know. I made it pretty clear that he can’t be doing that. If he’s got a problem, he’s got to say it in private. The way he went about it definitely wasn’t the right thing.” After the incident, he was involved in an altercation with American Ryan Harrison during their qualifying match at the Cincinnati Masters, with one report alleging that Harrison threatened physical violence against Kokkinakis and insulted his crew.
What is Thanasi Kokkinakis Net Worth?
Thanasi Kokkinakis is a professional tennis player and a doubles specialist who has accumulated a net worth of $14 million as of 2023. His main source of wealth comes from a tennis career whereas his secondary source of wealth comes from advertisements and endorsement deals. He has been sponsored by Nike, Inc., Babolat, and SafetyCulture (A cloud-based Software Company). His estimated earnings from them are about $50,000. Also, he has a racquet sponsorship with Yonex and his clothing is made by New Balance. Till now, he has earned the prize money of $2,800,187. There is not much information known about his house. About his cars, he owns and drives a Mercedez cla 35. He is living a lavish lifestyle right now.
How tall is Thanasi Kokkinakis?
Thanasi Kokkinakis stands at the perfect height of 6 ft 4 in or 193 cm. His body weight consists of 84 kg or 185 lbs. Being a tennis player, he maintains his body a lot by hitting the gym frequently. He is very conscious about his food intake. His body type is athletic. His hair color is Dark Brown and his eye color is Light Brown. He has a toned physique with side-cropped wavy hair. He has a clean shaved look with an affable smile. He has tattoos on his thigh and his arm. He also has a laurel health inked on his shoulder.