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ALEX DE MINAUR

Nationality:
Australia
Height:
183cm
Age:
25
Points:
1000
RANKING
#47

Player history

Alex de Minaur was born in Sydney, Australia on February 17, 1999, to a Uruguayan father and a Spanish mother. He has four siblings, Dominic, Daniel, Sarah and Christina. He started playing tennis at the age of 4 when his mother enrolled him in a course to take lessons. At the age of 5 he moved with his family to Alicante, where he attended primary school, while finishing high school when he was already a professional and traveled for work.

In his early years as a pro, he split his time between Spain and Australia, which he says had a positive impact on his tennis education. He trains in Alicante and receives a little support from the Australian federation. His favorite surface is hard courts, his favorite shot is his backhand, his favorite tournaments are the Australian Open and Wimbledon. His childhood idols were Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt, the latter later became his mentor and guide following him in training.

Career

De Minaur's best result was second place in the junior Tour rankings, and he won the junior men's doubles at the 2016 Australian Open alongside Blake Ellis. He made his debut on the professional circuit in July 2015, at the Futures Spain F22 tournament, reaching the quarterfinals. He was granted a wild card qualification for the 2016 Australian Open and lost in the first round. He spent most of the 2016 season playing on the ITF circuit in Spain, reaching two singles finals, losing both, and in April he earned his first professional title by winning the doubles tournament at the Futures Spain F8 in Madrid. In October 2016 he reached his first final in an ATP Challenger Tour tournament in Eckental, Germany.

In 2018, Alex plays two finals, losing in Sydney against Medvedev and in Washington against Zverev. In 2019 he won three ATP titles and entered the top-20. In his third ATP final, he overtook Andreas Seppi 7-5, 7-6 in Sydeny to become the tournament's youngest winner since 2001, when Lleyton Hewitt won. He returns to the hard court in Atlanta, and after a bye in the first round he overtakes Bradley Klahn, takes advantage of Bernard Tomić's withdrawal in the quarterfinals and gets the better of Reilly Opelka in the semifinals.

He won the title by defeating Taylor Fritz in the final with a score of 6–3, 7–6. He wins the third title of the season at the Zhuhai Championships, where he beats the nº 14 ATP Borna Coric in the quarterfinals, in the semifinals the nº 10 Roberto Bautista Agut and gets the better of Adrian Mannarino in the final with a score of 7-6, 6-4. He closes the Asian away match with first round defeats in Tokyo and Shanghai.

He reached his first final in an ATP 500 tournament in Basel by beating Hugo Dellien, Taylor Fritz, Jan-Lennard Struff and Reilly Opelka in order, and was defeated by Roger Federer who prevailed with a double 6-2. Thanks to these results, he improves his best ranking climbing to 18th position.

At the 2020 US Open, he reached the quarterfinals for the first time in a Grand Slam round, overtaking Andrej Martin, Richard Gasquet, Karen Khachanov and Vasek Pospisil in order, before surrendering to future winner Dominic Thiem.

His 2021 season starts in Antalya and reaches the semifinal without losing sets with clear successes over Malek Jaziri, Adrian Andreev and Nikoloz Basilasvili. In the penultimate act, he eliminated David Goffin in three sets and won the title thanks to Aleksandr Bublik's withdrawal in the final. On 26 June he won the Eastbourne 250 tournament by defeating Lorenzo Sonego in the final with a score of 4-6, 6-4, 7-6, a success with which he brought the best ranking to 15th world position. In the first round at Wimbledon he lost in 4 sets to Sebastian Korda.

In 2022, in Atlanta, he won his sixth ATP singles title, after comeback victories against Adrian Mannarino and Ilya Ivashka, overcoming Jenson Brooksby in the final with a doubles 6-3. 2013 also starts well, with the victory of his first ATP 500 in Acapulco, against Tommy Paul.

Style of play

His footwork and fielding coverage are regarded as some of the best on the tour, although some have questioned the physical toll it could take on his body in the long run. Despite this, his fighting spirit, never say die attitude and intensity on the court have earned him a huge fan base for a young player.

His baseline game matches that of a counterpuncher, often recovering balls and slowly building up points. However, he is also known for injecting sudden pace into rallies to surprise opponents, and often opts for a one-two combination on his serve, using quick serve and a powerful groundstroke. His forehand is significantly better than his backhand on offense and he often uses it to build runs or hit winners when he attacks.

Furthermore, De Minaur has a good first serve, but his second serve is considerably weaker and usually provides an attacking point for opponents. His volleys were also initially a weakness, but have improved, moving towards a more transient offensive game.

Private life

De Minaur is engaged to fellow Brit Katie Boulter, n.142 in the women's ranking. Theirs is a love born in the court and they have been officially dating since March 2021, the month in which they published their first shot as a couple on Instagram. Alex and Katie are practically inseparable and when one of the two is engaged in important competitions, there is never a lack of support posts for the other.

Net Worth and Endorsement

Alex De Minaur's net worth is $1 million as of 2023. He has earned $7,338,103 in prize money in his career to date. In 2022 alone, he earned over $1.6 million in singles. Additionally, he has made around $50k from doubles events. His career-high annual earnings were in 2019. That year, he raked in $1.89 million from singles events with three titles. Also, players have a good amount of money from sponsorship deals.

Titles

2023

Acapulco (Outdoor/Hard)

2022

Atlanta (Outdoor/Hard)

2021

Eastbourne (Outdoor/Grass)
Antalya (Outdoor/Hard)

2019

Zhuhai (Outdoor/Hard)
Atlanta (Outdoor/Hard)
Sydney (Outdoor/Hard)

 

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