Thanasi Kokkinakis sides with buddy Nick Kyrgios in welcoming Saudi Arabian investment in the sport despite many players opposing

Nick Kyrgios doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis gives his take on Saudi Arabia's potential takeover of the sport.


Thanasi Kokkinakis sides with buddy Nick Kyrgios in welcoming Saudi Arabian investment in the sport despite many players opposing

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis. (credits: Nitto ATP Finals)

Australian tennis star and doubles partner of Nick Krygios, Thanasi Kokkinakis recently sat for an interview session where he expressed an interest in playing in Saudi Arabia and about the sport’s takeover by the Arab country. He gave his verdict on the total possible takeover by Saudi Arabia and also the disadvantages of a rumored merger between the men’s and women’s circuits.

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Kokkinakis feels that the money will be beneficial for the sport and has good expectations for Saudi Arabia’s plans for the sport. He also stated that the idea behind helping the tennis stars with money is great and also termed that money is beneficial for the sport if reality is considered. He said, “Any offer that makes the game grow, that makes players earn the money they are really worth, is welcome.”

He added, “If people in Saudi Arabia want to invest in tennis, I think it’s great for the game. Obviously, you play for the love of the game, we have a lot of fantastic events and you don’t want to lose the culture of the Grand Slams, just like other classic events. If they are willing to come and help finance the players, go ahead, tennis is a very difficult sport. Money here is very important, that is the reality.”

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Thanasi Kokkinnakis talks about the probable return of Nick Kyrgios

When asked about his friend, Thanasi Kokkinakis revealed the recent whereabouts of Nick Kyrgios. He talked about how Nick has been busy training in order to get himself fully recovered and ready for the end-of-the-season tournaments. He also added that if not by the end of the year, he is confident that his double partner will be ready to pair up with him at the very start of the next year.

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis. (credits: Sporting News)

Thanasi also added that Kyrgios is pumped up and excited about his return saying, “I think he is fine, he started training again a few days ago, so I hope he is recovering properly and can be ready at the end of the season, or if not for the start of next year. I see him excited to return, he is excited to be healthy again, but I guess all this should be asked of him directly.

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