MASON, Ohio—Thanasi Kokkinakis has been losing sleep and struggling to focus after being thrust into the vortex of fellow Australian Nick Krygios’ viciously insulting on-court comments at last week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal.
“It’s been a circus,” said Kokkinakis. The 19-year-old made his first public statements on Sunday night after beating Marsel Ilhan, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, to qualify for the Western & Southern Open’s main draw.
Kokkinakis was also involved in a heated exchange with American Ryan Harrison in the first round of qualifying. The umpire had to separate the two at the net. An exasperated-sounding Kokkinakis said he hoped the controversy would die down.
“I haven’t gotten much sleep on the nights of the two incidents,” he said. “I didn’t get much sleep last night either. Luckily enough I recovered and I’m playing a tournament at the moment. I’m trying to focus on that. I’m happy I found a way to get a win.”