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

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

Australian Alex de Minaur credits a young fan for willing him to victory in a testing third-round encounter at Roland Garros 2024.

Paris, France , 2 June 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Alex de Minaur is winning hearts, as well as matches, during his career-best showing at Roland Garros 2024.

The 25-year-old Australian produced a steely performance to overcome big-hitting German Jan-Lennard Struff in a high-quality third-round encounter. Played in challenging conditions in a wet and cold Paris, De Minaur dug deep to carve out a four-set victory.

The world No.11, who had never previously progessed beyond the second round at the tournament, described his triumph as β€œone of my best performances mentally I’ve had probably in my career.”

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

β€œThat young lad was there from the very first point ’til the last with five hours of rain delay,” De Minaur related.

β€œHe was this little kid that every single change of ends, every single point I won, he was screaming at my face. You know, I’m looking at him and thinking if I was a fan, I would probably be back home, because it was bloody cold out there. I don’t understand what this kid is doing, but he gave me life. Every single change of ends I’m looking at him, locking eyes with him.”

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

β€œIt was amazing. I appreciate this kid,” the relieved world No.11 smiled.

β€œYou know, the fact that he’s spent 10 hours at the court today in the freezing cold, pumping me up. I was happy that I was able to get a win together with him.

β€œ(So I) gave him a towel. I would have given him everything in my bag. I mean, I just wasn’t thinking straight with the emotions, but he deserved everything; racquets, shoes, whatever he wanted.”

De Minaur is now using social media to track down his young fan, so he can invite him to watch his fourth-round showdown with world No.5 Daniil Medvedev on Monday.

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