Thanasi Kokkinakis rocks $6 Kmart top at Australian Open

Aussie tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis is being hailed online after winning his first Australian Open match in six years wearing a Kmart T-shirt.

The 24-year-old’s eyes filled with tears after beating South Korea's Soonwoo Kwon in a dominant 6-4 6-1 6-1 win.

Thanasi Kokkinakis at the Australian Open 2021
Thanasi Kokkinakis beat Soonwoo Kwon of South Korea during day two of the 2021 Australian Open. Photo: Getty Images

It was a long time coming for Kokkinakis, who was floored by glandular fever this time last year and has endured a long list of serious injury setbacks throughout his career.

And while many online were applauding the South Australian’s triumph, other couldn’t look past his budget black activewear top from Kmart.

According to tennis earnings figures, the Aussie star has earned more than $1.4 million in his career.

“Mate, Kmart special,” Kokkinakis said after the match.


Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis hits a return against Australia's Alex Bolt during their Murray River Open men's singles tennis match in Melbourne on February 1, 2021.
The 24-year-old wore a Kmart top. Photo: Getty Images
 Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia plays a forehand in his match against Alex Bolt of Australia during day one of the ATP 250 Murray River Open at Melbourne Park on February 01, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia.

He could be seen moving around in the black activewear top from Kmart. Photo: Getty Images

“I went to Chadstone, bought some $6 tees and went to work. I just felt comfortable in it.

“I tried to order some more but they got cancelled and they didn’t make it through to South Yarra.

“It’s tough out here, man, it’s not what it used to be – but it’s alright, blue collar way.”

Black men's Kmart activewear top
The $6 top in question appears to be the Active Performance Tee which comes in sizes XS to 3XL. Photo: Kmart

The move certainly won him some fans online, with one person commenting saying: “Did you see that Kokkinakis was wearing a Kmart shirt for his match. Finally an outfit choice I could afford!”

“Kokkinakis going full Aussie by wearing Kmart on court. Winner,” another said.

“The real question is when Thanasi Kokkinakis went to buy his tennis gear at Kmart did he also leave with a new coffee maker, $2 socks and headphones he didn't need? That's a true Kmart special,” a commenter wrote.

The $6 top in question appears to be the Active Performance Tee which comes in sizes XS to 3XL.

With a crew neck design, moisture wicking fabric and a curved back hem, it’ll no doubt be a staple on tennis courts around Australia after Kokkinakis’ endorsement.

This similar one from Nike will set you back $20:

Black Nike activewear top
This Nike T-shirt costs $20. Photo: Nike

This Puma crew neck activewear top retails for $40:

Man in black Puma T-shirt

While this Ralph Lauren crew neck T-shirt retails for between $29.90 - $139.97:

Ralph Lauren crew neck T-shirt
This Ralph Lauren crew neck T-shirt retails for between $29.90 and $139.97. Photo:

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