Kokkinakis handed g-string surprise

Published by Bastien Thorne

Thanasi Kokkinakis was handed the wrong undies when he picked up his washing at Flushing Meadows. Photo: Getty Images
Thanasi Kokkinakis was given a surprise when he picked up his laundry at Flushing Meadwos: a pair of women’s panties.

Thanasi Kokkinakis got a bit of a surprise when he opened his Flushing Meadows: a random girl’s pants. The Aussie, who will play Janko Tisparevic in the opening round of the tournament on Monday, was accidentally handed some skimpy undies when laundry bags were mixed up by tournament organisers.

“I turned up and there was one with G-strings and panties there,” Kokkinakis said on the eve of the tournament. “I opened my locker and I had one bag which was my clothes and one bag which, I guess, they thought was my coach’s clothes.

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“But they were a WTA player. We switched them back. I think it was a Spanish girl. I think.

Kokkinakis played his last match at Flushing Meadows in 2015, when he was forced to retire during a five-set epic against Richard Gasquet. Since then, the Aussie has struggled with injuries, although has enjoyed a return to form more recently.

“I’m pumped to play another US Open. The courts suit me here. The conditions suit me well, so I’m eager to get out there and hopefully I play well.”

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