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Kokkinakis savouring his tennis revival

Wanted. A new hero for Australian tennis in the post-Ash Barty era.

Just don’t expect one obvious candidate, Thanasi Kokkinakis, to apply for the job.

Because he’s been there. Done that. And now it’s time for him to just be as good as he can be.

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“Look, I’m not trying to not put too much pressure on myself as far being the next big thing coming out of Australia,” says Kokkinakis, when asked by AAP if he felt he still had the star power to get Australian tennis all a flutter.

“I’ve seen how that goes. One minute, you’re a star and then for five years you’re all washed up – I know how it works!

“And I’m not worried about it too much – I’m just going to keep trying to play and to keep improving.”

Not that the 26-year-old hasn’t appreciated the goodwill and glowing publicity that’s surrounded his feelgood tennis resurrection.




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