Kokkinakis and Thompson triumph in Brisbane
It was the first ATP final of any kind for either player and, for Kokkinakis it marked his return to competitive action after 15 months off injured.
Thanasi Kokkinakis has capped his comeback tournament by claiming the Brisbane International doubles title with Jordan Thompson.
The Australian wildcard duo eased past American Sam Querrey and Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller in Sunday night’s final on Pat Rafter Arena, winning 7-6 (7) 6-4.
It was the first ATP final of any kind for either player and, for Kokkinakis – still not at 100 per cent fitness – it marked his return to competitive action after 15 months off following shoulder surgery.
Kokkinakis and Thompson were not even supposed to be playing together in Brisbane until injuries to other players led to them joining forces, becoming the first Australian pairing to win the tournament’s men’s doubles crown.
“Our first week together, we weren’t going to play together, but were put together last minute. I’m not regretting one bit of it,” Kokkinakis said.
They led 5-2 at one stage in first set and, although they were stretched to a tiebreaker, they never looked out of control, serving eight aces to one.
Kokkinakis and Thompson are drawn to play each other in the first round of the Sydney International.