Born to a Spanish mother and Uruguayan father in Sydney, the de Minaur family moved to Spain when he was five, heading back to Australia eight years later.
“I sort of like the contrast of the more relaxed Spanish lifestyle and then the hardworking and on-the-ball Australian life,” De Minaur told the ATP website. “At the end of the day I’ve probably spent half of my life in each country. But in my heart I’ll always be Australian,” he says.
He’s inked up
De Minaur has a fairly clean-cut image. So, it may surprise some that the 20-year-old has a tattoo on his chest.
The number ‘109’ is inked across de Minaur’s chest to signify that he is the 109th player to compete in the Davis Cup for Australia.
He’s a natural athlete
Had de Minaur’s tennis career not taken off, we may have ended up lauding Alex de Minaur the golf professional instead, with the Demon rating his golfing ability very highly.
Perhaps that’s why he rates grass as his favourite surface to play tennis on.
He’s a young gun in esteemed company
Alex de Minaur has a great record at Sydney’s Ken Rosewall Arena, where the ATP Cup finals will take place, reaching consecutive finals in 2018 and 2019, when he won the title.
When de Minaur reached the final of the 2018 Sydney international against 21-year-old Daniil Medvedev, he was the youngest finalist since Lleyton Hewitt claimed the title in 2000.
He was also the youngest player to reach back-to-back ATP semi-finals since Rafael Nadal did so in 2005.
Not only that, but it was the youngest ATP final since a 20-year-old Rafael Nadal took on a 19-year-old Novak Djokovic in the 2007 Indian Wells final.
He’s secured a legendary mentor
It’s truly something special when a former world number one champion returns to mentor a rising star. Having also turned professional as a teenager, fellow Australian Lleyton Hewitt knows what it takes to get to the top.
Hewitt has said de Minaur’s work ethic and calmness on court are what led him to notice the young player. De Minaur even lived with Hewitt and his family in 2017 while training for the Australian Open. Given Hewitt’s track record and de Minaur’s boundless potential, we can’t think of a more dynamic duo to hit the court.
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