Thanasi Kokkinakis Aims To Step Up For Australia In Nick Kyrgios Absence

Thanasi Kokkinakis aims to step up for Australia in Nick Kyrgios’ absence

Thanasi Kokkinakis is looking forward to representing Australia this week as he hopes his ability to play well in singles and doubles can help his country reach the knockout stage of the Davis Cup Final. This week in Hamburg, Australia will take on France, Germany and Belgium.

Kokkinakis is joined by Alex de Minaur, Jason Kubler, Alexei Popyrin and Wimbledon doubles champions Matt Ebden and Max Purcell. Unfortunately for the Australian team, they are without Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios. «It should be fun,» Kokkinakis said, according to Tennis Australia.

«Any time you’re close to the team and have a common goal, it’s a great experience.»

Kokkinakis: I see myself as an option

Kokkinakis won his first ATP singles title this year, while also becoming a Grand Slam champion after he and Kyrgios won the Australian Open doubles title.

“I see myself as an option, I can play both (singles and doubles), which is good,” Kokkinakis said. «I think it definitely helps give us flexibility.» Kokkinakis, who made his Davis Cup debut in 2014, returned to the Australian Davis Cup team this year for the first time since 2015.

Earlier this year, Kokkinakis helped Australia beat Hungary and secure a place in the Davis Cup Finals. Kokkinakis has Davis Cup experience under his belt but is ready to experience the format used in Hamburg for the first time in his career.

«I’ve never played it in this kind of format, so I don’t even know exactly how it works,» admitted Kokkinakis. “It’s going to be an interesting experience, still, (I’m) playing for Australia.

And whether I’m playing singles, whether I’m playing doubles, whether I’m cheering or whatever, I’m ready to do whatever it takes.» The top two ranked countries in the group will advance to the knockout stage of the Davis Cup Finals.

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