Rising star Alex De Minaur eases fatigue fears


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Home hopeful Alex De Minaur says he will be ready for the Australian Open despite a gruelling schedule leading up to the first Grand Slam of 2019.

De Minaur landed his first ATP title this month as he claimed the Sydney International trophy after reaching the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International.

The 19-year-old played two matches on Saturday as he had to play his Sydney semi-final on the same day as the final due to rain.

De Minaur is set to face Portugal’s Pedro Sousa in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday but the world number 29 says he is in confident mood and has no concerns over fatigue as he gears up for his third match in as many days.

“Once the time comes, I’ll be ready,” said De Minaur, who is seeded 27th for the Australian Open.

“I don’t want to think about it too much. “I feel like the body is good. I’m mentally fresh.

“I just can’t wait to get back out on court, and especially at the Australian Open.

“There is no bigger stage than that. I’m really looking forward to just going out there and competing, firing up and hopefully play some good tennis.”

De Minaur is 1.50 to beat Sousa 3-0 and 1.80 with a -8.5 game handicap. De Minaur is 81.00 to win the Australian Open outright and compatriot Nick Kyrgios is available at 67.00.

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