Following his second round exit from the Australian Open at the hands of world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, 17-year-old rising star Thanasi Kokkinakis will be making a quick comeback to the ATP World Tour. The young Aussie revealed that he will participate in the Marseille Open next month as a wildcard entrant. He is also expected to be a part of the Australian Davis Cup team as they prepare for an important tie against France.
“Then I’ll go to Davis Cup with the team in France.” Kokkinakis said in Melbourne. “I’ll enjoy that. Then I think I’ve got a wildcard into an ATP event in Europe. I’ll just see where that takes me.”
The Australian Open marked Kokkinakis’ Grand Slam main draw debut and the second-round loss to Nadal will improve his ranking from 570 to about 400. He has opted to take part in World Tour instead of the Junior tour as he would like to gain as much professional experience as possible.
“I’m done with juniors for now. I’ve got another year, but I kind of want to play with the big guys now, as I did with this tournament,” Kokkinakis added.
The Marseille Open begins March 17 and will feature Tomas Berdych, Stanislas Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils amongst others in the main draw.