World no.23 Alex de Minaur joined The First Serve host Brett Phillips on 1116 SEN radio whilst quarantining in the Australian Open bubble.
The no.1 ranked Aussie singles player is looking forward to the Australian Summer of Tennis and isn’t too phased about an interrupted lead up to his home slam.
“It’s a little bit of a different look to my normal Australian summer, but this is the hand we’ve been dealt and we’re fortunate enough to be playing and actually being able to come here and play the Open, so it’s been a different look.
I guess in 2021 we have to adapt, and that’s one of the biggest things. We’ve had a good pre season, we feel like we’re hitting the ball well and now we’re just looking forward to getting started and playing on home soil again,” de Minaur said.
The Aussie kicked off his season in fantastic form and couldn’t be more pleased after claiming the Antalya Open in Turkey, his fourth ATP Tour level title.
“It’s huge. I wanted to put 2020 in the rearview mirror probably like everybody else. Starting 2021 with a win is very important to me. It shows I’ve started on a good step and that’s the way I want my year to be headed. I want 2021 to be everything 2020 wasn’t,” de Minaur stated.
The Aussie had a rapid rise up the singles rankings in 2018, beginning the year outside the top 200 and finishing it inside the top 35. De Minaur has been able to consolidate his ranking since then and currently sits at 23.
“Everything is always a work in progress. I’m always working towards improving and getting higher up the rankings. It’s about continuing to push myself, keep working hard, keep doing the right things and of course there’s parts of my game that need work and they always will. That’s where everything else ties in - the hard work on the court, off the court, the mental side of things. I may not have the weapons of other players but I’ve gotta find different ways to improve and win matches. With my team, we’re trying to keep pushing up higher and hopefully 2021 is a big year for me.”
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