The South Australian came on stage when he won his first Australian Open game at just 15 years old

But that was in 2014, and after repeating the feat in 2015, he battled a number of brutal injuries as well as glandular fever that he has only won one Grand Slam match in the past six years a triumph of the US Open 2019, which he had to withdraw immediately

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The emotion was evident on Kokkinakis’ face as he celebrated his 6: 4: 6: 1: 6: 1 win over the Korean Soonwoo Kwon – with tears in his eyes he seemed as relieved as he was pleased. when he finished his six year Melbourne Park Drought victory

“Of course I didn’t want to think about the finish line, but I thought about it from the first sentence

“At 5-0 (in the third set) I just felt this massive roar and the massive cheers of the crowd I started to tear up It was a gentle moment

“There is so much to do behind the scenes that not many people except my team, friends and family realize Definitely a bit emotional”

Kokkinakis said he was thrilled to have the chance to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round in a fight between two fan favorites

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“I went to Chadstone, bought $ 6 teas, and went to work. I just felt good

“I tried to order some more but they were canceled and didn’t make it to South Yarra

“It’s tough out here man, it’s not what it used to be – but it’s okay, Blue Collar Way”

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