Australian teenager Alex de Minaur didn't hide his happiness after breaking into the top-100 for the first time in his career. The 19-year-old failed to make it all the way at last week's Surbiton Challenger as he ended runner-up to France's Jeremy Chardy in the final.
However, De Minaur, who entered the Surbiton event ranked at No. 105 in the world, collected enough points to fulfil his goal of becoming a top-100 player. The 19-year-old has made a notable rankings jump since the season started.
The Australian, who ended runner-up in Brisbane and reached the semi-final in Sydney, started the year ranked at No. 208. "It's a huge milestone and I couldn’t be prouder," de Minaur said,. "Now its about pushing harder and getting to as high as I can." De Minaur will have to play the Wimbledon qualifying if he doesn't receive a main draw wildcard.
"I'll know before qualifiers if I am in for Wimbledon, but if not then I will have to get there that way," de Minaur added. Also read: Returning James Ward looks forward to Nottingham Challenger campaign