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Meet Alex de Minaur — Australian Tennis Player and Recent Us Open Quarterfinalist

Pedro Marrero
Nov 06, 2020
08:40 P.M.
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The young Australian player won ATP Newcomer of the Year. His fans can see him sign him with devil ears, this by his nickname "The Demon."

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Alex de Minaur is a 21-year-old Australian tennis player who has become a success on the courts of the ever popular sport. The three titles of last year, took him to the 18th position of the world ranking, now he is looking for the 4th trophy.

The player is in France to play the second round of the Paris Open. Within the hardcourt circuit of Europe, the young tennis player has not fared badly, reaching the seventh ATP final at the European Open.

Alex De Minaur in his match against Henri Laaksonen during the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, in January 2019. I Image: Getty Images.

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At this moment he is in the best classification of his career, within the world rankings, but he does not stop training and striving to reach a new trophy: The Rolex Paris Master.

During the quarantine time, the player has been living alone, training, and eating his favorite dishes: chili con carne or chicken fajitas. He considers himself a very lucky person as he has been able to meet his sports idols.

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GETTING TO KNOW ALEX DE MINAUR

De Minaur started playing tennis at the age of 4, led by his mother. He studied elementary school in Spain, the native country of his mother Esther. His father, Anibal, is Uruguayan and owns a car wash.

He has an older brother, Dominic, and three younger brothers: Daniel, Sara, and Cristina. His upbringing took place between Spain and Australia. He has a tattoo on his neck, number 109, as he is the 109th player representing Australia in the Davis Cup.

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CAREER ON THE RISE

The player had the privilege of being mentored by former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, his idol along with Roger Federer. Besides playing tennis, de Minaur likes to play golf. He has said that had he not been a tennis player he would have devoted himself professionally to golf.

He was selected as the 2018 ATP Newcomer of the Year, by his fellow players. He won in 2019, his first ATP Title Tour at the age of 19 in Sydney, Australia. He too won titles at Atlanta and Zhuhai. In Atlanta, he was 3rd in the ATP Tour championship.

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DUAL CITIZENSHIP

The athlete was born in Sydney, Australia, and lived there until the age of 5 when his family moved to Alicante, Spain. The family returned to Australia 8 years later, so the player has dual citizenship, and is fluent in Spanish, English, and French.

De Minaur was the youngest finalist for the 2018 Sydney award since Lleyton Hewitt. He, too, was the youngest player to reach the ATP semi-finals since Rafael Nadal did in 2005, and he was the youngest finalist since Nadal did in 2007.

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LEGENDARY MENTOR

When a former World Number One Champion goes back to his roots to become a mentor to a rising star, it is something very special. Lleyton Hewitt has been an Australian professional player since he was a teenager, so he knows very well what it takes to succeed.

It was the calm on the court and Minaur's work ethic that made Hewitt notice him. De Minaur lived with the Hewitt family in 2017 while training for the Australian Open. Both form a great duo that produces results on the court.

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