|Thanasi Kokkinakis Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||April 10, 1996|
|Eye Color||Light Brown|
Thanasi Kokkinakis is an Australian professional tennis player who is adept at both the singles and the doubles formats of the sport. He had broken into the ‘Top 70’ of the official ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) singles rankings in June 2015 and had reached the 3rd round of the singles event at the 2015 French Open. In the singles format, on the ATP World Tour, he had won the Adelaide International in January 2022. He had broken into the ‘Top 140’ of the doubles rankings in July 2015 and had reached the 3rd round of the doubles event at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships. In the doubles format, on the ATP World Tour, he had won the Brisbane International in January 2017. He was also a member of the Australian squad that had reached the semi-final of the 2015 edition of the prestigious Davis Cup (the premier international team event in men’s tennis). This was the country’s best performance in the tournament since their title triumph in 2003.
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Professional Tennis Player
- Father – Trevor (Tryfon) Kokkinakis
- Mother – Voula Kokkinakis (née Paraskevi)
- Siblings – Panayoti ‘Pan’ Kokkinakis (Brother), Christina Kokkinakis (Sister)
He is represented by Fraser Wright, Manager, Booking Agent, PR Agent, International Management Group (IMG), London, England, United Kingdom.
Right-Handed (Two-Handed Backhand)
6 ft 4 in or 193 cm
84 kg or 185 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Thanasi has dated –
- Donna Vekić (2015)
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Greek descent.
- Toned physique
- Towering frame
- Side-cropped, wavy hair
- Affable smile
- Clean-shaven look
Thanasi has been sponsored by –
- Nike, Inc.
- SafetyCulture (Cloud-based Software Company)
Thanasi Kokkinakis Favorite Things
- Tennis Shot – Forehand, Serve
- Tennis Surface – Clay, Hard
- Sports – Tennis, Basketball
- Tennis Tournament/Event – Australian Open
- Tennis Role Model/Idol – Marat Safin
- Hobbies/Interests – Watching NBA (National Basketball Association) Matches, Playing Video Games on PlayStation
- Basketball Teams – Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets
Source – ATP, Twitter
Thanasi Kokkinakis Facts
- Thanasi had first developed an interest in tennis when he was about 7 years old after he had started playing the sport recreationally with his brother.
- During his junior career, he had reached a peak ranking of number 10. In 2013, he had won the Wimbledon boys’ doubles title and had 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 had reached his peak ATP rankings in both the singles and the doubles formats and had 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.
- The surgery had limited him to just a solitary singles match from November 2015 to May 2017. He would later admit that the injury was caused by vanity as he had tried to lift excessive weights in the gym to increase his bicep size because he had heard the news that Nike was bringing out new sleeveless tops.
- In January 2017, when he had 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 had come in March 2018 when he had upset the defending champion and the then world number 1 ranked Roger Federer in the 2nd round of the Miami Open with the scoreline of 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). Thanasi was ranked 175th in the world going into the tournament and had thus become the lowest-ranked player to beat the then world number 1 ranked player since world number 178 Francisco Clavet’s upset of Thanasi’s mentor Lleyton Hewitt in 2003. In a weird coincidence, Lleyton’s defeat had also come in the 2nd round of the same tournament which was known as the NASDAQ-100 Open at that time.
Featured Image by Thanasi Kokkinakis / Instagram