Alex de Minaur and his career


elise mertens

Alex de Minaur is a 19-year-old tennis player who has fast risen up the ranks of the ATP Tour, having gone from outside 900 to inside 150 in just two years. He is currently Australia’s number 1 male player after winning the Australian Open wildcard play-off event which led to him being awarded a wildcard into the main draw of the 2018 Australian Open.

He is known for his clever playstyle and accurate ground-strokes which has led to him winning numerous titles including the 2017 Eddie Herr International Junior Championship (the most prestigious junior tournament in the world), as well as 3 singles ATP Challenger titles in Australia, Czech Republic, and the USA. He also reached the final of the Junior Orange Bowl (the second most prestigious junior tournament in the world) and was a Semi-finalist at both the French Open and US Open.

How did Alex de Minaur start tennis?

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Alex de Minaurwas born in Sydney and played his first-ever tennis match at the age of three. His parents, both immigrants from Spain (his father is Basque), started coaching him when he was five years old after they saw that he had a strong interest in the game. Since then de Minaur has grown up traveling to Spain every year to train, developing his game against the best European juniors. He won his first-ever international competition (the ‘Copa del Cafe’ in Costa Rica) at the age of 10 and has since developed into one of Australia’s most promising young players.

What is Alex de Minaur Tennis style?

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Alex de Minaur’s game is built around his ground-strokes, particularly his forehand. He has one of the quickest backhands on the circuit and uses it to create openings for winners or unforced errors from his opponent. He prefers playing on faster surfaces (grass and hard court) but also performs well on clay. His serve isn’t as strong as his ground-strokes but he can hold his own serving at around 130km/h. He is not afraid to come forward to the net either, which makes him a versatile player on the court.

How many titles has Alex de Minaur won?

Alex de Minaur has an impressive trophy cabinet for someone so young. His biggest title to date is the 2017 Eddie Herr International Junior Championship. He has also won three singles titles on the ATP Challenger Tour, one in Australia, one in the Czech Republic, and another last year at Stockton (USA).

Alex de Minaur is currently ranked No 154 in the world and he will be looking to climb even higher after recently clinching the Australian Open Wildcard play-off title, narrowly beating fellow Aussie Marc Polmans 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2. He will be looking to carry the momentum from this title into the main draw of the 2018 Australian Open where he will make his Grand Slam tournament debut against former finalist Marcos Baghdatis.

What are Alex de Minaur’s future plans?

Alex de Minaur will be turning 20 later this year and is expected to continue his climb up the rankings in 2018. He has a very good round game and once he adds more power to his serve, he could become one of the best players on the circuit.

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