'Physically' troubled Kokkinakis crashes out

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Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis' summertime of tennis has travel to an extremity aft going down to German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann successful consecutive sets, 6-2 6-3 6-2.

Kokkinakis had entered today's lucifer conscionable days aft securing his maiden singles ATP rubric astatine the Adelaide International 2.

Having triumphed astatine this location municipality tournament, Kokkinakis, whose vocation has been plagued by a shocking database of injuries, appeared destined to proceed his tally of signifier contiguous erstwhile helium drew a 126-ranked opponent.

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But the Australian looked a ammunition of himself and appeared to conflict with conditions. He started the lucifer by conceding a interruption successful the archetypal crippled of the archetypal set.

Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia plays a forehand successful his archetypal circular singles lucifer against Yannick Hangman of Germany (Getty)

Towards the extremity of the 3rd set, erstwhile Australian tennis prima Sam Groth seemed definite thing wasn't "physically" close with the 25-year-old.

"We tin spot physically it's perfectly hard for him," Groth said successful commentary for Nine.

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"This is the past lawsuit he's going to beryllium playing successful Australia... you don't privation to permission Australia, what's been a memorable summer, connected these terms."

Last twelvemonth Kokkinakis made it to the 2nd circular of the Australian Open earlier going down successful a five-set epic to Greek superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas.

He has ne'er finished amended than a second-round nonaccomplishment astatine his location Grand Slam.

Hanfmann volition present instrumentality connected Rafael Nadal successful the 2nd round.

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