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‘He’s going to listen to his body’ – Alex De Minaur still unsure if he’ll be fit for Australian Open

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Home favourite Alex De Minaur is no closer to knowing if he will be fit to play in the Australian Open, his manager has admitted.

De Minaur will be the top-ranked male player in the tournament should he make it.

However, after a fine performance for Australia in the ATP Cup, De Minaur withdrew from the Adelaide International with injury, and it’s still to be decided if he will be fit enough for Melbourne.

“Alex is going to get all the information he can from the medical team,” his manager Andy Craig told reporters.

“Once he has got that information he will be able to make a decision, but that will be closer to the tournament.

“As soon as he has all the information he will be able to make a decision, but not before then.

“He hopes to play but he is going to have to listen to his body.”

De Minaur himself had probably hoped to have made a little more progress by now, although he did admit the injury require ‘a lot’ of treatment.

“It’s something that is not ideal,” he said after pulling out of Adelaide last week.

“And at this stage we are just looking at short-term goals and trying to get better each day [with] a lot of treatment.

“I have seen the physios, I have seen the doctors, and I will be continuing to do that for the whole of the week and hopefully I will be ready to play in Melbourne.”

“Obviously I am not in the happiest mood but it’s something that happens. I have just got to do whatever I can to make sure my body recovers.”

Alex De Minaur is the 20th seed for the Australian Open, where he has never been beyond the third round.

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