“I’m trying to stay in shape” says Kokkinakis after suffering from glandular fever


Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis was reportedly suffering from granular fever, but now he is fine and trying to come back in shape.

He said, “I’m  just trying to stay in shape after coming through a bout of glandular fever that saw me shed 10kg and left me unable to breathe while sleeping.”

Kokkinakis, who showed his strength when he defeated Roger Federer in Miami, 2018, was reportedly forced to skip the year’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne due to the same illness.

Kokkinakis, who got a career-high ranking of 69 in 2015 said, “I was told I had stopped breathing when I was sleeping, my throat was so inflamed.”

In addition to it, he added, “I lost 10 kilos because I couldn’t eat, now I’m trying to stay in shape, trying to stay sane. I’m not looking too far ahead, trying to maintain shape and not push it too much. When we get the all-clear, I’ll ramp it up.”

He had so many injuries in elbows and knees, as well as he had some muscle problems throughout his career 24 year old career.

Again his infection put him back but he thought that he will try his luck in tennis after the coronavirus outbreak.

Kokkinakis who has the world rank of 237 said, “I tried to get back on court late December before I knew anything was wrong, and I was running out of gas quickly but I thought it might be the bushfire thing with all the smoke.”

“I was going through four or five shirts a night with a fever, my bed was drenched, I went to Melbourne and I was hitting and I was running out of gas. My throat was killing me and it was lingering. It felt like razor blades down my throat, so I went to a hospital in Melbourne,” he further revealed.

“I got back to Adelaide and it got really bad, I couldn’t eat and I struggled to drink water. I ended up in hospital again. But I’m better now, I’m feeling relatively healthy, but it’s been frustrating.” concluded Kokkinakis.


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