De Minaur continues rapid rise
Rising star Alex De Minaur wins first professional singles title to continue impressive season.
Alex De Minaur’s breakthrough season has continued, winning his first professional singles title in Portugal last week.
The 18-year-old Sydney born talent won an ITF Futures event in Povoa de Varzim. He swept through the draw as a wildcard entry, dropping just one set.
De Minaur also teamed up with Spaniard Roberto Ortega-Olmedo to win the doubles title.
Currently ranked at a career-high No.228, De Minaur has made massive inroads since starting the season ranked No.354.
The Wimbledon 2016 boys’ singles finalist impressed during the Australian summer, qualifying for the Brisbane International, winning his first ATP main draw match at Apia International Sydney then scoring his maiden Grand Slam main draw win after saving a match point in the opening round of the Australian Open.
De Minaur, who has been the Australian Davis Cup team’s orange boy this season, is competing in another hard court event in Portugal this week.
Fellow 18-year-old Michaela Haet also continues to show promise, claiming her second ITF title of the season in Thailand. The New South Wales talent has improved her ranking by over 400 places in the past two months to rise to a career-high No.606.
Ben Weekes capped off an exciting week of results for Australians, winning his first singles title of the season at the Vancouver International.
The world No.15-ranked wheelchair player also claimed the doubles title alongside Japan’s Kouhei Suzuki.