15-Year-Old tennis star Tahlia Kokkinis leaves Australian Open with enriching memories

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Tahlia Kokkinis may have been knocked out of the Australian Open Junior Championships, but she takes away rich experiences from the 2024 tournament.

Kokkinis faced a 2-0 set defeat (6-4, 6-1) against the 16-year-old Bulgarian Iva Ivanova. Despite the outcome, she bids farewell to the tournament enriched with valuable experience, claiming her time in Melbourne was “like a dream.”

During the championship, she competed against two of the world’s best Junior tennis players, and although being a year younger, she made a significant impact.

Tahlia Kokkinis with fellow Greek Australian tennis player and friend, Eleni Makantasis. Photo: The Greek Herald / Bill Roumeliotis.

Following the match against Ivanova, Kokkinis told The Greek Herald, “Despite my defeat, I feel happy that I competed for the first time in one of the top tennis tournaments in the world and even advanced to the 2nd round. I feel great because I played in front of a big fan base, and for me, it was a great experience.”

When asked about her future aspirations, the young tennis star said, “As far as my goals and dreams are concerned, I will continue to work hard to one day compete in one of the most prestigious stadiums in the world, Rod Laver Arena, which is the dream of every Australian tennis player.”

A young Tahlia Kokkinis with Elise Mertens and Caroline Wozniacki at Australian Open 2018. Picture: Getty Images
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