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‘Demon’, Hewitt, 109, Acapulco: Everything you always wanted to know about Alex de Minaur (but never had time to find out) – updated after Toronto final
Having already cracked the top 20, Alex de Minaur is one of the quickest players on the ATP Tour. Here are answers to some questions you might ask about the Aussie
Who is Alex de Minaur?
Alex de Minaur is an Australian tennis player, whose highest-ranking to date is No 12, which he reached on August 14, 2023.
When was Alex de Minaur born?
Alex de Minaur was born on February 17, 1999 in Sydney, Australia. He and his family moved to Alicante, Spain when he was 5 years old and he split his time between Australia and Spain.
Who are his parents?
De Minaur’s father, Anibal, is from Uruguay and owns a number of car wash companies. His mother, Esther, is Spanish and spent her time bringing up the family. De Minaur has an older brother, Dominic, a younger brother, Daniel, and two younger sisters, Cristina and Sara. De Minaur speaks English, Spanish and French.
How tall is he?
According to his profile on the official ATP Tour website, De Minaur 1.83m, or 6ft tall.
What did De Minaur achieve at Acapulco in 2023?
De Minaur won his first career ATP 500 singles title at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel Open in Acapulco. The Australian came from a set down to beat American Tommy Paul 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in two hours and 27 minutes in the final.
This came less than 24 hours after he came from a set down to beat Denmark’s Holger Rune 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the semi-finals in two hours and 48 minutes in a match that ended close to 3 AM on Saturday morning in Acapulco.
How many ATP titles has the Australian won?
Seven. The first three came in 2019, with his maiden win coming on home soil in Sydney, where he beat Andreas Seppi of Italy to win the title. He followed it up with his second Tour title in Atlanta, where he saw off Taylor Fritz in the final, and then a third in Zhuhai, where he beat Andy Murray early on and then Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the final. His fourth title came at the start of 2021, when he won in Antalya, Turkey, beating Alexander Bublik in the final. De Minaur won on grass in Eastbourne the same year and added his sixth title in Atlanta in 2022.
De Minaur’s biggest title to date, his first at the ATP 500 level, came in March of 2023 in Acapulco. Ranked 22nd at the time, he beat Tommy Paul in three sets in the final. The Aussie has additionally reached six ATP singles finals, including Los Cabos in 2023 where he lost to Tsitsipas.
De Minaur reached the first Masters 1000-level final of his career at the 2023 National Bank Open in Toronto, having never previously been beyond the round of 16 before. The Aussie was beaten by Jannik Sinner in the final.
Who is De Minaur’s coach?
De Minaur is coached by Adolfo Gutierrez while he’s also able to call on his mentor, Lleyton Hewitt, for advice. Former world No 1 and now Davis Cup captain Hewitt can often be seen in the De Minaur box and has helped steer him toward the top 10.
What is De Minaur’s best result at a Grand Slam so far?
De Minaur’s best result is reaching the quarter-finals at the US Open in 2020. The 21-year-old beat Andrej Martin, Richard Gasquet, Karen Khachanov and Vasek Pospisil before losing to the eventual champion, Dominic Thiem, in the last eight. He’s also reached the fourth round at Wimbledon (2022) and at the Australian Open (2022 and 2023).
What is his career-high ranking?
De Minaur’s career-high ranking is No 12, a mark he reached in August 2023, after reaching the final in Toronto. You can view his latest ranking and his entire ranking history on his ATP Tour profile page.
What is De Minaur’s nick name?
His favourite nickname is “Demon”.
Does De Minaur have a tattoo?
The Australian as a tattoo of the number 109 marked on his chest, marking his achievement of being the 109th man to represent Australia in Davis Cup.
How much career prize money has he won?
According to the ATP Tour website, De Minaur has won $10,094,334 as of August 14, 2023. You can see his latest prize money stats on his ATP Tour profile page.
Is he active on social media?
Yes. De Minaur is on Twitter, where he has 56,000 followers as of early August 2023, as well as on Facebook, where he is followed by more than 23,000 people. He is also on Instagram, where has more than 276,000 followers.