Thanasi Kokkinakis hopes to return in Madrid, qualify for main draw

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The Australian has played just one singles match since 2015. (AP)

Thanasi Kokkinakis, who has played just one singles match since 2015 because of shoulder surgery and other ailments, wants to return in Madrid.

The 21-year-old has a protected ranking of No. 81, giving him entry into qualifying at the Masters event. 

"That’s the plan," he told Melbourne’s Herald Sun in an interview.

Kokkinakis played a single tournament in 2016 and then began a second comeback a few months ago in Brisbane, winning the doubles title but picking up another injury.

“It’s been a tough run,” he said. “It’s just a matter of getting the confidence back in the body. I need matches, and as soon as I’m ready to go, I want to be able to play."

Kokkinakis is training in Dubai.

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