How about this Thanasi Kokkinakis?

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  1. rk_sports

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    16 year old aussie youngster Thanasi Kokkinakis took Isner's spot at the Hopman Cup and played a inspired match against Verdasco.

    Kokkinakis is a real talent... huge serve, huge forehand ...to my amazement he was overpowering Verdasco on both serve and forehand (sometimes on backhand) too :shock:
     
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    It doesn't seem right that they replaced someone on the American team with a non-American.
     
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    Well if they don't have replacement players on hand it's not like they're gonna fly a player over to Australia for the a match less than a day away.
     
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  4. Big_Dangerous

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    Yeah that is true, though it still goes against the spirit of the event, no?

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    isner actually withdrew that morning, so they had no choice. and thanasi actually did a pretty good job anyway, got the crowd involved
     
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    Isner's withdrawal meant the US lost so it was crowd entertainment only.
     
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    Kokkinakis played another great match at the aussie quialies... going down to Steve Johnson 4:6, 7:5, 15:17
     
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    I'm impressed. I mean, the guy is 16!. Who knows what could have happened in that match if he wasn't injured. Of course, you never know how a player develops as they get older but this is a good start for sure.

    (not a fan of the earring though)
     
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    yeah i thought he was gay lol
     
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    you guys need to step out of the 1950s and into the 21st century
     
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    Bumping this

    Just curious recently where he is after Brisbane. He said in a post match interview that he was heading to Sydney to play but I can't find him in qualies or main draw :-?
     
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    No. Im pretty sure he is going straight to melbourne
     
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    Challenger maybe?
     
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    did Kokkinakis gain in height over the past 2 years? He's now listed as 6'5" !
     
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    Possibly . I'm just going off what I heard in his interview after the tonic match. Either way I hope he and kyrgios make waves at the Australian this year!
     
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    he sucks compared to that other fellow
     
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    He hit a 123 mph forehand winner last year so yes might be his year this year!
     
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    I think he's a great talent but may not mature as early as Nadal. He'll just have to keep on trying his best to improve and in 2-3 years, he could be in top 20.
     
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    hope he plays nadal in the first round of AO
     
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  22. kingofclay

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    16 year old? He's 18 soon 19!
     
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    yep...and he will show nadal how its done on the aussie courts.
     
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    Check the date.
     
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