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Alex De Minaur

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Bio He spent the first five years of his life in the south Sydney suburb of Carss Park before relocating to Alicante, Spain. 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. 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."

De Minaur 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. He has been coached by Adolfo Gutierrez since he was nine years old and living in Alicante. 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.

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.

De Minaur commenced the 2017 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. 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. 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. He finished the year with a singles ranking of 208.

De Minaur commenced the year of 2018 at the Brisbane International after receiving a wildcard into the main draw. 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. He then defeated qualifier Michael Mmoh in the quarterfinals before losing to Ryan Harrison in the semifinals. 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. 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. He beat Frenchman Benoît Paire in the semifinals to meet Daniil Medvedev in the final. De Minaur lost the final in three sets, having won the opener. 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, but lost in the first round to British 16th seed Kyle Edmund. 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. 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.

De Minaur began his 2019 season 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 five sets. De Minaur made his fourth ATP Final in Atlanta, where he defeated Taylor Fritz to clinch the trophy. He did not face a single break point in the four matches he played during the tournament.

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.
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