Cobber’s Morning Herald
September 11, 2020
Alex De Minaur is but a young man, however he has provided the evidence I require to confidently and henceforth gift him the title of, “The Leader,” of Australian tennis. The Leader of Australian tennis has been unsuccessful in the US open, but he has been extraordinarily successful in the Cool Moustache Open (a critically acclaimed, Cobbers Morning Herald tournament).
Overcome by the sheer firepower of second seed Dominic Thiem, Alex de Minaur’s US Open run has ended at the quarter-final stage, but the 21-year-old Australian has spent the last week proving that he belongs on such a stage.
At 2-2 in the second set, de Minaur was still in the match. He’d dropped the first 6-1 but that score line didn’t do justice to his fighting qualities and the six break points he’d forced.
John McEnroe described the Australian’s physically gruelling approach as a “heck of a way to make a living”, but as a result, the same was true of Thiem’s night — his bantamweight opponent kept him honest for every second of their sweaty 124-minute battle in humid conditions at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Despite his failure to secure ultimate Aryan victory for Australia in the Seppo Open, he displayed the spirit of the Aussie Battler, and for that I applaud him.
Two matches earlier, in an epic five-set fightback against Karen Khachanov, de Minaur proved that he was never out of the contest.
Furthermore, he beat someone with a woman’s name. This is symbolically based, if nothing else.
With his wispy moustache, the Australian has looked like a boy among men this week, but he has also shown fans what tour veterans already knew: being drawn against de Minaur is cause for a grimace.
Wispy moustache? Boy among men? This is simply slander!
His moustache is totally epic, though not without room for improvement. And though he is young, he has displayed a potential the likes of which has not been seen for 87 years!
Thank you to Alex, The Leader and his coach Adolfo!