Thanasi Kokkinakis

  • Age19
  • Born10 April 1996
  • LivesSeacombe Heights, South Australia
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachTodd Langman and Brod Dyke
“I pride myself on fighting, I’ve shown I can do it [before] ... I've shown that when my back’s against the wall I usually can find a way to get it done.”

— Thanasi Kokkinakis, 18 Nov 2015

» Newks 15: Kokkinakis climbs to new heights

On court

  • Began playing tennis when he was eight years old
  • Goal is to be No.1 in the world and play Davis Cup for Australia
  • Most influential people on his career to date are his brother, parents and his first coach
  • Favourite player is Frenchman Gael Monfils “because he is so entertaining”
  • Represented Australian in the ITF World Junior Tennis Competition in 2010
  • Reached the final of ITF Futures Pro Circuit doubles events in Slovenia and Belgium in 2012
  • Debuted at the Australian Open Junior Championships in 2012
  • Was a finalist in the Australian Open 2013 boys’ singles championships (l. Nick Kyrgios)
  • Won the Wimbledon 2013 doubles title with compatriot Nick Kyrgios
  • First-round victory at Australian Open 2014 (over Igor Sijsling) was first ever tour-level victory
  • Made Davis Cup debut for Australia in February 2014 against France; contested a dead rubber
  • Captured first professional title at ITF Futures event in Saskatoon, Canada
  • Rose more than 450 ranking spots in 2014 to finish inside the world’s top 150; one of just four teenagers in this bracket
  • Won his first Davis Cup live rubber for Australia in a 2015 World Group first round tie v Czech Republic, coming from two-sets-to-love down to beat Lukas Rosol in Ostrava
  • Qualified for five ATP events in 2015 – Memphis, Delray Beach, Acapulco, Istanbul and Madrid
  • ATP Masters 1000 breakthrough came at Indian Wells where he beat three higher-ranked opponents to reach last 16
  • Cracked ATP top 100 for the first time in May 2015

Off court

  • Hobbies include playing basketball, Playstation and watching TV
  • Favourite music is techno, hip-hop, R’n’B, Michael Jackson, David Guetta and Ministry of Sound compilations
  • Favourite food is pizza

Year-end singles ranking history

2014 150
2013 621
2012 750
2011 1627



2015 Bordeaux Challenger

2014 Canada F5 ITF

Thanasi Kokkinakis in the news

Tomic targeting top 10
Bernard Tomic in action during his second-round loss to Stan Wawrinka at the ATP Paris Masters; Getty Images
8 hours ago

Bernard Tomic believes a top 10 ranking could be just four months away should he put in a strong showing during the Australian summer of tennis.
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Stars step out in style at 2015 Newcombe Medal
Lleyton and Bec Hewitt at 2015 Newcombe Medal. Photo: Getty Images
23 November, 2015

The blue carpet was not only the place to be seen at 2015 Newcombe Medal, it was an interview hot spot too.
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Aussie tennis stars headline new-look ATL
Thanasi Kokkinakis has battled illness ahead of his Wimbledon campaign; Getty Images
19 November, 2015

Many of Australia's top tennis stars will do battle in the coming weeks in a revamped Asia-Pacific Tennis League.
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Newks 15: Kokkinakis climbs to new heights
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia celebrates with fans after winning in his first round match against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia during day one of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
18 November, 2015

In the lead up to next week's Newcombe Medal, we review the impressive 2015 seasons of our six finalists. Today we feature breakthrough star Thanasi Kokkinakis.
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