Alex De Minaur, Katie Boulter thrive at Wimbledon through mutual support | ATP Tour

Alex from Minaur may have taken on a home favorite Jack Draper on Thursday at Wimbledonbut the Australian did not entirely lack the support of the British contingent in the crowd in his second-round victory.

The 19th-seeded Australian’s girlfriend, WTA player Katie Boulter, cheered him on in a 5-7, 7-6(0), 6-2, 6-3 win over #NextGenATP Briton Draper on the grass-court major . Just hours earlier, it was De Minaur who had played the role of cheerleader from the stands as Boulter clinched a 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 win over the sixth seeded Karolina Pliskova scored .

At his post-game press conference, De Minaur spoke about the extra positivity Boulter’s exploits had brought him before stepping onto the pitch for his own game.

“I find it amazing. What she did today was an incredible feat,” he said of Boulter. The 25-year-old dedicated her win to her grandmother, who passed away earlier this week. “I mean, by all accounts, she came out on center court and beat last year’s runner-up. So, I think that’s pretty special.

“I’m just blown away by her. This is her home slam. You can enjoy it. I know she was a bit nervous going in but she came out and did a brilliant job.”

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As both aim to make their first round of fourth rounds on the SW19 lawns, De Minaur and Boulter have spoken of their mutual respect for each other’s work ethic as they seek success on the ATP Tour and WTA Tour respectively.

“He’s someone I admire a lot on and off the tennis court,” said Boulter, currently ranked 118 in the WTA rankings and facing France’s Harmony Tan in their third-round match. “He is the epitome of a fighter and someone who gives his all every day. That’s how I want to be. I want that around me and my team, it really helps me because I can push myself. He’s helping me.

“He’s probably one of the hardest working guys out there. I’m trying to orient myself to his book because it’s really impressive. I’m very lucky to be in the position I’m in, that I can see it day in and day out.”

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Katie Boulter (right) celebrates Alex from Minaurto win Jack Draper at Wimbledon on Thursday. Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

“I loved seeing her again more than anything,” said De Minaur of Boulter, a former world No. 82 who has been struggling with injuries in recent years. “I think that’s back where she belongs and in no time she’ll be even higher than she’s ever been. I think she’s at an incredible level and she’s shown that all turf season. I’m very proud of her.”

De Minaur next meets another Brit Wimbledon in wildcard Liam Broady. The 23-year-old Australian is aiming for his first fourth-round appearance at the grass-court major and Boulter believes it won’t be long before the Australian is widely recognized as a main contender in the latter stages of the Grand Slams.

“Without a doubt. I mean, he has what it takes,” Boulter said. “We’ve seen him play a lot of incredible matches against top players. He can beat them. Ultimately, those are the games that will give him the spotlight. I know the work he puts in will give it to him.”

With both busy lives on tour, De Minaur and Boulter enjoy the weeks when their schedules overlap. Even as he relaxes off the pitch, the Briton admitted their shared passion for the game still shines through.

“We actually do [watch tennis] probably more than most people would think,” Boulter said. “I feel like we both love the game and study the sport.

“We’re happy to be there. Of course we spend a lot of time together during these times and we appreciate those where we can actually be in the same place at the same time. After all, we both travel 30 weeks a year. We don’t always get the chance to see each other.

“The travel weeks are probably the best weeks for us.”

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