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De Minaur celebrates milestone win with heartfelt gesture for young fan |  June 2, 2024 |  All news |  News and Features |  news and events
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De Minaur celebrates milestone win with heartfelt gesture for young fan | June 2, 2024 | All news | News and Features | news and events

Australian Alex de Minaur credits a young fan for guiding him to victory in a third-round test match at Roland Garros 2024.

Paris, France, June 2, 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Alex de Minaur wins hearts and matches alike in his career-best performance at Roland Garros 2024.

The 25-year-old Australian put in a strong performance to beat the great German Jan-Lennard Struff in a high-quality third round encounter. Playing in challenging conditions in a wet and cold Paris, De Minaur dug deep to earn a four-set win.

The world number 11, who had never before advanced beyond the second round of the tournament, described his triumph as “one of my best mental performances I’ve probably had in my career.”

> READ: De Minaur fights to fourth round at Roland Garros 2024

His celebrations have also made headlines, with De Minaur singling out a young fan in the stands for his passionate support.

“That young lad was there from the very first moment to the last with a five-hour rain delay,” De Minaur said.

“He was a little kid who screamed in my face every time I changed ends, every point I won. You know, I look at him and think if I was a fan, I’d probably be back home because it was damn cold in there. I don’t understand what this boy does, but he gave me life. Every time I change goals, I look at him and look at him.”

De Minaur, a proud ambassador of Tennis Australia’s Hot Shots Tennis program, gave the young fan a big hug and one of his match towels before leaving the court.

“It was great. I appreciate this boy,” smiled the relieved world number 11.

“You know, the fact that he spent ten hours in the freezing cold on the court today got me excited. I was happy that I could get a win together with him.

“(So I) gave him a towel. I would have given him everything in my bag. I mean, I just wasn’t thinking clearly about the emotions, but he deserved everything; rackets, shoes, whatever he wanted.

De Minaur is now using social media to track down his young fan so he can invite him to his fourth-round showdown with world number 5 Daniil Medvedev on Monday.

De Minaur, a winner in just two of his previous eight meetings against Medvedev, is aiming to become the first Australian man in 20 years to advance to a singles quarter-final in Paris.

The last Aussie man to reach the last eight at Roland Garros was Lleyton Hewitt, De Minaur’s old mentor, in 2004.

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