Rising Australian star Alex de Minaur has been confirmed for the Millennium Estoril Open. The 19-year-old debuted at the Estoril event last season. De Minaur, ranked at No. 29 in the world, failed to make a deep run at the Portuguese ATP 250 clay-court event in his debut appearance.
Back then, the Australian beat Portugal's Gastao Elias in the Estoril first round before he lost to fellow rising star Kyle Edmund in the round-of-16 respectively. De Minaur also featured the Estoril doubles event as he teamed up with Australian tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt.
The Australians beat star doubles duo Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus in their Estoril opener before there were beaten by eventual champions Edmund and Cameron Norrie in the quarter-final respectively. The Estoril event is set to feature two of one of the most talented players in the world as Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas is also expected to play at the tournament this year.
The 20-year-old is also set to return to Estoril after debuting at the tournament last year.
In his debut appearance, the Greek made the semi-final before he lost to eventual champion Joao Sousa. De Minaur has made a strong start as he captured his maiden ATP title at the Sydney International and broke into the top-30 following his win in Sydney.
De Minaur and 2018 NextGen ATP Finals champion Tsitsipas will certainly be one of the main highlights of this year's Estoril edition. Also read: Bernard Tomic launches astonishing broadside at Lleyton Hewitt