Thanasi Kokkinakis is adamant fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios (28/1 – Wimbledon Men’s Singles Outright) is a genuine contender for the men’s singles title at Wimbledon this year.
There has never been any doubt over the ability of Kyrgios and there were big things expected of him after his run to the quarter-finals at the All England Club back in 2014, where he was eventually knocked out by Canadian Milos Raonic.
Australia’s number two has won six times on the ATP Tour – the latest of those coming at the 2019 Washington Open – but his only singles victory on grass came in 2014 on the Challenger Tour.
More often than not, the 27-year-old’s behaviour has come into question over the past few years and this has led to suspensions and fines a plenty, an issue which has hampered his progress.
However, the temperament of Kyrgios appears to have improved of late and he heads into Wimbledon on the back of consecutive semi-final appearances, first in Stuttgart and then in Halle.
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With Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem all missing from this year’s Championship, there is quite an open feel about the men’s draw and Kyrgios has been backed to challenge by his compatriot, Kokkinakis.
“He’s a legit contender,” Kokkinakis said, as quoted by the Guardian. “He looks great. He looks like he’s locked in. I had a look at his draw and I really like it for him.
“Obviously, slams are tough but with his game and how comfortable he is on grass and how many matches he’s played, I think he can definitely make a big run here. I’m pretty confident in that.”
Kyrgios opens against British wildcard Paul Jubb on Tuesday and the Australian is the firm 1/20 favourite to progress into the second, while his opponent is 8/1 to cause an upset.
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