Lleyton Hewitt wants Alex de Minaur to embrace the pressure of entering the Australian summer as the country's top-ranked men's tennis star. Hewitt has been mentoring ‘The Demon’ for over a year and the results have been fascinating.
De Minaur catapulted from No.208 in the world to No.31 on the ATP Charts. "He's going to have a target on his back for sure, especially since he's going to be close to a seeding in January at the Australian Open," Hewitt said after de Minaur shared the 2018 Newcombe Medal with fellow young gun Ashleigh Barty.
"With that comes pressure and expectation playing at his home slam. But I think it's something he'll embrace as well and, if anything, that's one area where I can probably help him with a little bit; just dealing with that pressure and expectation and trying to embrace it more than think that it's actually a negative on you and weigh you down." John Newcombe too had words for de Minaur.
"This kid's something special. He's just got something," the Australian legend said after whom the Awards have been named. "He's done a fantastic job this year and the top eight in the world is certainly there [for him] because he's got a good brain, he's got a great all-court game and he's dedicated to improving himself." ALSO READ Ivan Ljubicic breaks silence: I see Roger Federer as a friend