Could Alex de Minaur be the great hope that Australian tennis has been crying out for?
The 18-year-old represents a growing depth in men’s singles down under, joining the likes of Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Bernard Tomic on the professional tour.
Aussies are just praying Alex actually likes playing the sport.
De Minaur was born in New South Wales to a Spanish mother and Uruguayan father in 1999. After moving to Spain with his family in 2004, he returned in 2012 as a young tennis phenom, passionate about playing for Australia, despite growing up overseas.
After becoming a pro in 2015, de Minaur eventually made a splash two years later as an 18-year-old, taking some big-name scalps to elevate his name into the national spotlight, gaining entry to his first Australian Open.
|Full name:||Alex de Minaur|
|Born:||February 17, 1999, Sydney, Australia (18 years)|
|Playing style:||Right-handed – two-handed backhand|
|Highest ranking:||No. 167|
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Alex de Minaur career stats
|Major tournament||Best finish|
|Australian Open||2nd Round|
|French Open||1st Round|
|US Open||1st Round|
De Minaur is yet to build many weapons to his game, this is highlighted by his first serve.
The Aussie teenager only connects on his first serve 60% of the time, winning those points at a rate of 68%.
Comparisons have been drawn to former Australian tennis champion Lleyton Hewitt, who played a similar, full-court press style of tennis that demanded great fitness and determination.
De Minaur will have to improve his serving and his one-on-one stats to compete with the best, but it looks like he’s on the way.
Is Alex de Minaur good enough to win the Australian Open?
The quick and easy answer is no.
Yes, de Minaur has improved drastically of late, taking some big scalps in the Brisbane International to kick off 2018, but he will need to continue to refine his game to compete against the best consistently.
While we can’t recommend a bet on Alex to win the Australian Open, we do think he is capable of causing some excitement in early rounds. While he’s in good form, with a home crowd willing him on, he will be dangerous.