Alex de Minaur seems to have found happiness both on and off the field, as he launched his new motto after a dominant victory in the first round of the match. Australian Open. The top-ranked Aussie was in great shape on Tuesday night, as he fell Taiwanese qualifier Hsu Yu Hsiou 6-2 6-2 6-3.
With British friend and fellow tennis player Katie Poulter Watching from the stands, the Australian superstar made a great start to his sixth Australian Open campaign. World No. 24 is the only Australian in the draw after him Nick Kyrgios withdraws due to a knee injury.
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And while mentor Lleyton Hewitt used to listen to “Eye of the Tiger” to motivate himself, De Minor revealed he takes a different approach. 23 years old He explained during his court interview that he was listening to Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy,” which came out about 10 years before he was born.
“I have that song in my head at all times,” he said, while also revealing that he wrote the slogan on his racquet bag. “I listen before I go out on the field, I just want this message to be ingrained in my head.
“Whenever there’s a tough moment, I kind of try to sing that song in my head and avoid any negative thoughts and try to stay positive there.”
De Minaur’s best performance came at last year’s Australian Open when he reached the fourth round. He recently brought in former Australian Davis Cup player Peter Luczak into his coaching staff, joining head coach Adolfo Gutierrez in a bid to unleash his full potential. “The Demon” said Luczak contributed to his newfound positivity.
“We started at the beginning of this year but I’ve known Peter for a long time and we’ve done a lot of Davis Cup matches together,” he said. “It was good having him around because he keeps a very positive mindset, which makes me feel calm.
“I tend to be really hard on myself. So he’s kind of trying to remind me that I’m doing a good job, that I’m doing the right things, and that I kind of enjoy every second.”
Alex De Minor’s sweet moment with Katie Boulter
Also contributing to his happiness was Poulter’s newfound girlfriend, world No. 120 from Great Britain. Channel 9 cameras captured the moment De Minaur and Poulter shared a sweet hug in the locker room after the game on Tuesday night.
De Minaur looms as Australia’s biggest Grand Slam hope on home turf, after women’s No. 1 Kyrgios Agla Tomljanovic pulled out. Ash Partey has retired Australian tennis also left a huge gap to fill.
“I’ve been in that position for a while, and I’m obviously in the Davis Cup and I kind of cherish that,” he said. “I know what is required of me — I know sometimes I have some pressure on myself to deliver. I take that with pride at the end of the day.
“We’re in the second round and there’s still a long, long way to go but I’m trying to look at it more individually than me and try to focus on my goals and go as deep as I can. That’s the point – go deep, have fun and keep getting better every day.”
The Australian star came into the Grand Slam brimming with confidence after that By defeating world No. 2 Rafa Nadal in the United Cup in Sydney earlier this month. He also beat Australian twice runner-up Daniil Medvedev at the Paris Masters in November.
“I knew it was going to be a tough game but I’m happy to be here in Australia, playing in front of you guys,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who I play, I’ll be up for it – you guys just bring the energy, I’ll be ready. I’ve got a lot of confidence – I knew I had that level for while… Now I know I can do it every week.”
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