AUSTRALIA’S Thanasi Kokkinakis said he was shocked Sunday to receive messages of support from tennis legends Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer after breaking through for his first professional title.
Home favourite Kokkinakis claimed the first ATP title Saturday after downing Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech in three sets in the Adelaide International final. No sooner had Kokkinakis left the court than he received a text message from Federer and later from Djokovic, surprising the popular Australian, whose career has been blighted by injury. “Roger just messaged me out of nowhere. It was pretty unreal to see that,” Kokkinakis told reporters at the Australian Open on Sunday.
“Actually, Djokovic messaged me today, as well. It’s good having support from two legends of the game,” he said, speaking before the news of Djokovic’s failed court bid to stave off deportation from Australia had reached Melbourne Park. “It’s awesome having that support, two guys that have done so much, to reach out to me. Obviously they know it means a lot to me. “They’ve won about a million of them, so it was probably pretty minor to them, but to me it’s massive. It was pretty sweet to have them reach out. — AFP