Australians exit US tennis open

INJURIES have been good news for one Australian tennis player and bad news for another.

Thanasi Kokkinakis has been bundled out of the US Open in New York in the first round.

The teenager was forced to retire after being hit with severe cramps during his match against 12th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet.


The score was locked at two sets apiece at 4-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 when the 19-year-old was forced to call it a day after dropping serve to trail 2-0 in the deciding set.

At one point Kokkinakis looked up and exclaimed “it’s absolute torture” before making the difficult decision to quit.

But fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt benefited from someone else’s injury.

He advanced to the second round when Aleksandr Nedovyesov pulled out.

At the time Hewitt had been leading 6-0, 7-6, 1-0.

Lleyton will take on Gold Coaster Bernard Tomic next after he beat Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 6-3.

Fellow local Samantha Stosur recorded a win over Hungarian Timea Babos 6-3 6-4 to set up a meeting with Russian Evgeniya Rodina.

Australians Ajla Tomljanovic and qualifier John-Patrick Smith have also left the competition.