Sam Groth: Thanasi Kokkinakis mérite l'US Open joker

By | 08/15/2019

Former Australian tennis player Sam Groth believes that fellow compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis has deserved to receive an US” open> wildcard as he has proved capable of competing against and beating the top guys. On Wednesday, Tennis Australia handed an US Open wildcard to former world No.

69 Kokkinakis — who has plummeted to No. 212 in the world following yet another season marked with health issues. Kokkinakis’ career-best win came at the Miami Masters last year, when he famously came from a set down to stun record 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in their second round clash.

While explaining why giving Kokkinakis a wildcard was a good decision, former world No. 53 Groth took a shot at 134th-ranked Alex Bolt. “He (Kokkinakis) is the only guy in that group who’s a genuine chance of taking out a top talent.

You don’t reward mediocrity, a guy like Bolt, he’s been sitting at that ranking forever, so how long do you keep saying we’ll reward someone at 130 in the world,” Groth told The First Serve.