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Alex de Minaur[1] (/də mɪˈnɔːr/ də mih-NOR;[3] Spanish: Álex de Miñaur,[4] pronounced [ˈaleɡz ðe miˈɲauɾ];[a] born 17 February 1999) is an Australian tennis player. He has a career-high ATP singles ranking of 24 achieved in March 2019.

Alex de Minaur
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Full nameAlex Andrew Mike de Minaur
Country (sports) Australia
ResidenceAlicante, Spain
Born (1999-02-17) 17 February 1999 (age 20)
Sydney, Australia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Turned pro2015
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)[1]
CoachAdolfo Gutierrez
Lleyton Hewitt
Prize moneyUS$2,345,970[1]
Singles
Career record48–39 (55.2%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 24 (4 March 2019)
Current rankingNo. 36 (19 August 2019)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2019)
French Open2R (2019)
Wimbledon3R (2018)
US Open3R (2018)
Doubles
Career record4–12 (25.0%)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 256 (29 July 2019)
Current rankingNo. 256 (29 July 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2017)
French Open1R (2019)
Wimbledon1R (2018)
Last updated on: 29 July 2019.

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Personal lifeEdit

De Minaur was born in Sydney, Australia. His father, Anibal, is Uruguayan and his mother, Esther, is a Spaniard,[5] so that de Minaur has Australian, Uruguayan, and Spanish heritage.[6][7] His father owned an Italian restaurant on George Street in Sydney where he met Esther, when she began working there as a waitress.[8] De Minaur has two sisters and a brother — Cristina, Sara and Dominic.[8][9]

He spent the first five years of his life in the south Sydney suburb of Carss Park[10] before relocating to Alicante, Spain.[11] He completed most of his early education in Spain, before returning to Australia as a teenager. De Minaur received distance education while he trained at the Olympic Park headquarters of Tennis NSW. When he was 13 years old, he returned to Spain three years later after the restaurant owned by his parents closed after over two decades in business, as his father owned a few car washes in Spain.[5][8] De Minaur has stated that he has always felt a strong bond with Australia even though he has lived most of his life in Spain. In 2017, he told the Sydney Morning Herald "I used to represent Spain but I always felt I was Australian. As soon as we moved back here again that was the first thing I wanted to do — play for Australia."[12]

De Minaur is fluent in English and Spanish and also speaks some French.[13]

Junior tennis careerEdit

 
Alex de Minaur, family & Cindy Dock 2005 Alicante Spain

De Minaur [pictured at age 6 in Spain with Cindy Dock and his family] began playing tennis at the Sydney Private Tennis Academy at the Parkside Tennis Courts in Kogarah Bay coached by Kerry Dock first, then Cindy Dock who formed a talent squad for Alex with Gabriella Lock and Ryan Sargent, both 6 years old, from 2003 to 2005] starting when he was three years old.[14] He has been coached by Adolfo Gutierrez since he was nine years old and living in Alicante.[5] De Minaur reached a career-high ranking of 2 on the juniors circuit and won the 2016 Australian Open boys' doubles title alongside Blake Ellis.[15]

Professional careerEdit

2015–16Edit

 
de Minaur competing in the boys' singles at the 2015 US Open

De Minaur made his professional debut in July 2015 at the Spain F22, reaching the quarterfinals. He was given a wildcard into the qualifying rounds of the 2016 Australian Open, but lost in round one. De Minaur then spent the majority of the 2016 season playing on the ITF circuit in Spain, reaching two finals. He made his first ATP Challenger Tour final in Eckental, Germany after qualifying.

2017: Grand Slam debutEdit

De Minaur commenced the year at the Brisbane International, where he defeated Mikhail Kukushkin and Frances Tiafoe in qualifying to reach his first ATP main draw. He lost in the first round to Mischa Zverev. The following week he received a wildcard into the Apia International Sydney where he defeated world number 46 Benoît Paire to claim his first Tour-level win. In the second round, he retired after the first set against Andrey Kuznetsov. De Minaur made his Grand Slam debut at the 2017 Australian Open after receiving a wildcard. He faced Gerald Melzer in the first round and won in five sets after saving a match point in the fourth set.[16] He lost to Sam Querrey in round 2. In February, de Minaur reached round 2 of the Launceston Challenger, defeating the number 1 seed Go Soeda in round 1. In March, de Minaur lost in the final round of qualifying for Indian Wells, before returning to the Challenger circuit.

In May, de Minaur made his French Open debut after being awarded a wildcard. He lost the opening round to Robin Haase in straight sets.[17] In June, de Minaur lost in the first round of Nottingham and Ilkley Challengers and the second round of Wimbledon qualifying. In July, de Minaur won the Portugal F11 Futures and reached the final of the Castilla y León Challenger. De Minaur was awarded a wildcard into the 2017 US Open, losing in round one to Dominic Thiem. From September to November, de Minaur played a number of Challenger events in Europe, reaching two quarterfinals.

In December, de Minaur won the Australian Open play off for a main draw wildcard into the 2018 Australian Open.[18] He finished the year with a singles ranking of 208.

2018: BreakthroughEdit

 
de Minaur at the 2018 Citi Open

De Minaur commenced the year at the Brisbane International after receiving a wildcard into the main draw.[19] He defeated American Steve Johnson in straight sets, before scoring the biggest win of his career to date by beating world number 24 Milos Raonic in straight sets.[20] He then defeated qualifier Michael Mmoh in the quarterfinals before losing to Ryan Harrison in the semifinals.[21] De Minaur is the lowest ranked player and the youngest to reach the semifinals of the men's draw in the Brisbane International's 10-year history.[22] De Minaur received a special exempt spot in the main draw of the Sydney event, where he consecutively eliminated Fernando Verdasco, Damir Džumhur and Feliciano López to reach his second ATP Tour semifinal, a week after he reached his first in Brisbane. De Minaur became the youngest player to play in two consecutive ATP semifinals since Rafael Nadal in 2005.[23] He beat Frenchman Benoît Paire in the semifinals to meet Daniil Medvedev in the final.[24] De Minaur lost the final in three sets, having won the opener.[25] At the 2018 Australian Open, de Minaur lost in the first round to Tomáš Berdych, but took a set off of the 19th seed.

In March, after having previously made his Davis Cup debut, de Minaur lost in the second round of Indian Wells to eventual champion Juan Martín del Potro before qualifying for and losing in the first round of Miami. In April, de Minaur reached his third Challenger final at the 2018 JC Ferrero Challenger Open.

He was awarded a wildcard into the 2018 French Open,[26] but lost in the first round to British 16th seed Kyle Edmund.[27] Following this, he made two consecutive Challenger finals, losing to Jérémy Chardy at Surbiton, before defeating Dan Evans in straight sets to claim his first Challenger-level title at the Nottingham Open.[28] He saw his best results to date at a major at Wimbledon, defeating 29th seed and French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato and Pierre-Hugues Herbert to reach the third round, where he fell to world number one and second seed Rafael Nadal.

In Washington, he defeated Vasek Pospisil, 11th seed Steve Johnson, 8th seed and Australian Open semifinalist Chung Hyeon and received a walkover over Andy Murray to reach the semifinals where he faced Andrey Rublev. De Minaur saved four match points while down 2–6 in the second set tiebreak, winning six points in a row to win it 8–6. He then won the final set 6–4 to reach his first ATP 500 final against Alexander Zverev, in which he went down 4–6, 2–6. This run saw him enter the top 50 for the first time.

In August, de Minaur played at the Winston-Salem Open where he was the 15th seed. He lost in the first round to Daniil Medvedev. At the US Open, de Minaur defeated Taro Daniel and Frances Tiafoe before losing to 7th seed Marin Čilić in 5 sets. In October, de Minaur defeated Gilles Simon and lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Tokyo Open. As a result, he replaced Nick Kyrgios as Australia's highest ranked male singles player.[29]

2019: First ATP titlesEdit

De Minaur began his year with a quarterfinal run in Brisbane, resulting in him being seeded for a Grand Slam for the first time in his career at the upcoming Australian Open. He then headed to his home city of Sydney, looking to go one better than he did a year earlier. Straight set victories over Dušan Lajović, Reilly Opelka, Jordan Thompson and Gilles Simon saw him return to the final, where he defeated Andreas Seppi 7–5, 7–6(7–5) to claim his first career title. At the Australian Open he lost in third round to Rafael Nadal.

After the Australian Open the Australian picked up a series of injuries that he did not fully recover from until Atlanta. At the Mexican Open, de Minaur defeated Nicolás Jarry and Feliciano López to reach the quarterfinals, where he lost to Alexander Zverev. He had early round losses at the Indian Wells, Estoril and Madrid tournaments. At Wimbledon, De Minaur won his opening round, before losing to Steve Johnson in the second round in five sets. De Minaur made his fourth ATP Final in Atlanta, where he defeated Taylor Fritz to clinch the trophy.[30] He did not face a single break point in the four matches he played during the tournament.[31]

National representationEdit

Davis CupEdit

De Minaur made his Davis Cup debut for Australia in February 2018, at the age of 18. He faced then world number 5 Alexander Zverev from Germany in the opening rubber and fell just short of a spectacular upset, losing in a fifth-set tiebreaker after leading 3–0, (40–Ad.) in the decider.[32]

ATP career finalsEdit

Singles: 4 (2 titles, 2 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Jan 2018 Sydney International, Australia 250 Series Hard   Daniil Medvedev 6–1, 4–6, 5–7
Loss 0–2 Aug 2018 Washington Open, United States 500 Series Hard   Alexander Zverev 2–6, 4–6
Win 1–2 Jan 2019 Sydney International, Australia 250 Series Hard   Andreas Seppi 7–5, 7–6(7–5)
Win 2–2 Jul 2019 Atlanta Open, United States 250 Series Hard   Taylor Fritz 6–3, 7–6(7–2)

Next Gen FinalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Result    Date    Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss Nov 2018 Next Generation ATP Finals, Italy Hard (i)   Stefanos Tsitsipas 4–2, 1–4, 3–4(3–7), 3–4(3–7)

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 8 (2–6)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (1–4)
ITF Futures Tour (1–2)
Finals by surface
Hard (1–1)
Clay (0–3)
Grass (1–1)
Carpet (0–1)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Feb 2016 Spain F4, Murcia Futures Clay   Steven Diez 3–6, 4–6
Loss 0–2 May 2016 Spain F14, Vic Futures Clay   Jaume Munar 6–7(5–7), 5–7
Loss 0–3 Nov 2016 Eckental, Germany Challenger Carpet (i)   Steve Darcis 4–6, 2–6
Win 1–3 Jul 2017 Portugal F11, Póvoa de Varzim Futures Hard   Frederico Ferreira Silva 6–1, 2–6, 6–2
Loss 1–4 Aug 2017 Segovia, Spain Challenger Hard   Jaume Munar 3–6, 4–6
Loss 1–5 Apr 2018 Alicante, Spain Challenger Clay   Pablo Andújar 6–7(5–7), 1–6
Loss 1–6 Jun 2018 Surbiton, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Jérémy Chardy 4–6, 6–4, 2–6
Win 2–6 Jun 2018 Nottingham, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Dan Evans 7–6(7–4), 7–5

Doubles: 3 (2–1)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (0–0)
ITF Futures Tour (2–1)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–0)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Apr 2016 Spain F8, Madrid Futures Hard   Carlos Boluda-Purkiss   Carlos Gómez-Herrera
  Akira Santillan
6–4, 6–4
Loss 1–1 May 2016 Spain F12, Saint-Dizier Futures Clay   Carlos Boluda-Purkiss   Ramkumar Ramanathan
  David Vega Hernández
3–6, 1–6
Win 2–1 Jul 2017 Portugal F11, Póvoa de Varzim Futures Hard   Roberto Ortega Olmedo   Edward Bourchier
  Daniel Nolan
6–2, 6–1

Junior Grand Slam finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Loss 2016 Wimbledon Grass   Denis Shapovalov 6–4, 1–6, 3–6

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Win 2016 Australian Open Hard   Blake Ellis   Lukáš Klein
  Patrik Rikl
3–6, 7–5, [12–10]

Performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Current through the 2019 Wimbledon Championships.

Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open Q1 2R 1R 3R 0 / 3 3–3
French Open A 1R 1R 2R 0 / 3 1–3
Wimbledon A Q2 3R 2R 0 / 2 3–2
US Open A 1R 3R 0 / 2 2–2
Win–Loss 0–0 1–3 4–4 4–3 0 / 10 9–10
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A Q2 2R 2R 0 / 2 1–2
Miami Open A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Madrid Open A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Italian Open A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Canadian Open A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Cincinnati Masters A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Shanghai Masters A A 3R 0 / 1 2–1
Paris Masters A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 3–4 0–3 0 / 7 3–7
National representation
Summer Olympics A Not Held 0 / 0 0–0
Davis Cup A A 1R 0 / 1 0–3
Career statistics
2016 2017 2018 2019 Career
Tournaments 0 5 20 8 33
Titles 0 0 0 1 1
Finals 0 0 2 1 3
Overall Win–Loss 0–0 2–5 28–23 11–7 42–36 54%
Win % 29% 55% 61% 53.95%
Year-end ranking 349 208 31

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In isolation, Álex and de are pronounced [ˈaleks] and [de] respectively.

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
  Denis Shapovalov
(Star of Tomorrow)
ATP Newcomer of the Year
2018
Succeeded by
Incumbent