He may be new to the ATP World Tour, but Alex de Minaur is definitely getting notices…
The 19-year-old Spanish & Uruguyan-Australian tennis playerhas been named the ATP World Tour Newcomer of the Year, sharing year-end honors with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
de Minaur earned the honors after a stunning breakout season, climbing from No 208 to 31st in the rankings.
He’s all but guaranteed an Australian Open seeding after last year winning his way into the tournament through the wildcard playoff.
The baseliner’s effort to reach the final of the Next Gen ATP Finals decider is yet another milestone for de Minaur.
His progress this year has been so sustained, he has claimed a career-high ranking on 15 separate occasions.
As semifinalist and finalist in Brisbane and Sydney, respectively, in January, de Minaur became the first 19-year-old to reach successive ATP semifinals since Rafael Nadal in 2005. Nadal achieved the feat at Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
de Minaur and Ashleigh Barty are expected to fight out the Newcombe Medal later this month from John Millman and Jason Kubler.
Djokovic was voted by ATP peers as Comeback Player of the Year, overcoming elbow surgery to return to No 1.
Djokovic’s coach Marian Vajda is Coach of the Year after returning to the Serb’s camp as part of an incredible rebuild.
Nadal was chosen by his fellow players as recipient of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award.
Federer was voted Fans’ Favorite for the 16th successive year.
Mike Bryan and Jack Sock were voted Doubles Fans’ Favorites.
Stefanos Tsitsipas claimed Most Improved Player of the Year honors.
Oliver Marachand Mate Pavic secured the ATP world No 1 Doubles Team Award, while Spain’s Tommy Robredo earned the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award.