Thanasi Kokkinakis is excited to represent Australia this week in the Davis Cup Finals and is hoping that his strong singles and doubles play will help his nation advance to the knockout round. Australia will compete against France, Germany, and Belgium this week in Hamburg.
Alex de Minaur, Jason Kubler, Alexei Popyrin, and Wimbledon doubles champions Matt Ebden and Max Purcell are all present with Kokkinakis. Unfortunately, Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios is not on the Australian team. According to Tennis Australia, Kokkinakis added, “It should be enjoyable.
“It’s a fantastic feeling any time you’re among the team and have one common aim,”
Kokkinakis: I see myself as an alternative.
In addition to being a Grand Slam champion after he and Kyrgios won the Australian Open doubles title, Kokkinakis earned his first ATP singles event this year.
Kokkinakis stated, “I see myself as an option. I can play both (singles and doubles), which is nice. “I think allowing us some flexibility definitely helps.” Kokkinakis, who first competed for Australia in the Davis Cup in 2014, rejoined the team this year for the first time since 2015.
Kokkinakis assisted Australia in defeating Hungary earlier this year to secure a position in the Davis Cup Finals. Kokkinakis has competed in Davis Cup matches, but this will be his first opportunity to play in Hamburg’s format.
Kokkinakis said, “I’ve never played it when it’s this sort of structure, so I don’t even know precisely how it works. “Playing for Australia will be a different experience, though.
I’m willing to put in the necessary effort whether I’m competing in singles, doubles, cheering, or anything else. The Davis Cup Finals knockout round will be entered by the top two ranking nations from the group.