Alex de Minaur issues injury update after major scare at Wimbledon

Kevin Palmer
Alex de Minaur
Alex de Minaur celebrates winning his GentlemenOs singles second round match against Jack Draper during day four of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.

Alex de Minaur has issued an injury update after a worrying end to his Wimbledon fourth round clash against Arthur Fils.

The ninth seed continued his fine run at the Championships with a 6-2 6-4 4-6 6-3 win over 20-year-old Frenchman Fils on No.1 Court to seal a maiden last-eight berth in SW19.

However, De Minaur barely celebrated the fine volley which closed out the tie on his second match point and hobbled over to acknowledge Fils before he addressed his box with a shake of the head.

Asked during his on-court interview if he was OK, De Minaur insisted: “I’ll be all right. I’ll find a way.

“No, thank you guys. Atmosphere was unbelievable, super proud of myself to be in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, playing in front of you guys, so thank you.”

The Australian had raced into a two-set lead in front of girlfriend and British number one Katie Boulter before he was broken twice by a pumped up Fils to force a fourth set.

A break at the start of the fourth put De Minaur in control, but he failed to close out the match on serve when 5-2 up.

When De Minaur did finish the fourth-round clash with a volley at the net after a long rally, the 25-year-old stood almost motionless with a concerned look on his face as the crowd applauded, but kept his cards close to his chest when it came to his fitness.

“Great job mentally to stay with it, even though I couldn’t serve at the end, couldn’t hold my serve. I just backed my return so very happy with that,” De Minaur stated.

“I am just excited to be in the quarter-finals, to have another battle, give myself a shot. Yeah, one thing you can definitely count on is me going out there trying my hardest and playing my heart out.”

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He elaborated on the injury scare in his post match media concurrence as he said: “Yeah, just slid out to a forehand on my first match point. Felt like I jarred it a little bit. Kind of was a little bit ginger.

“Again, it’s probably a little bit of scare more than anything. I’m feeling pretty decent. Again, the body went through a pretty physical match out there.

“Body feels a little bit ginger everywhere. I’m not going to lie. I’ve done my recovery. I’m sure I’ll be feeling great tomorrow.”

There has been some discussion over the greasy courts at Wimbledon with so much of the event being played under a roof due to persistent rain, with De Minaur admitting it is a concern.

“Yeah, I think it’s unfortunate obviously,” he added. “You never want to see this. But again, I think on grass, we’re in a quite interesting dynamic when it comes to movement, right?

“I think in previous years we saw very, very few players sliding on a grass court, right? You would have your odd standout person, which normally was Novak, sliding on the grass.

“I feel like as the years progress, sliding on a grass court is becoming more and more seen or used.

“A lot of us players, including myself, are getting a lot more kind of confidence on a grass court with being able to slide and back your movement in that way.

“Whether it’s the right decision or not, I don’t know. Definitely over the past couple years I’ve gone through that mental blockage of being a little bit scared of sliding on the grass.

“Now I’ve just kind of backed myself to move almost as if I was on a hard court.”