Australian tennis powerhouse Alex de Minaur is ready to give United Cup his all after Davis Cup defeat

Davis Cup final defeat has only fueled Alex de Minaur’s hunger to help Australia win the historic first ever United Cup on offer.

An enthusiastic de Minaur says he can’t wait to help the host country cap what has been a truly golden year for Australian tennis by winning the inaugural United Cup, which runs from 29 December to 8 January.

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For the first time, the world’s best men and women will join forces in a best-of-five match format in hopes of leading their country to glory ahead of the season’s first Grand Slam in Melbourne.

With Nick Kyrgios returning to national duty after a three-year absence from the Davis Cup, Australia will boast a full-strength line-up including de Minaur, three-time Women’s Grand Slam quarter-finalist Ajla Tomljanovic and doubles ace John Peers .

Alex De Minaur of Australia returns a shot to Felix Auger Aliassime of Canada during the 2022 Davis Cup Finals. Recognition: Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images

“There is no greater honor for me than to represent your country and I have always believed that,” de Minaur said from his Spanish base in Alicante.

“It’s another chance, another opportunity to do whatever it takes to hopefully get a win for Australia.

“So I’m going to make sure I’m ready to go and ready to give it my all.”

In a remarkable 2022, Ash Barty broke a 44-year losing streak at the Australian Open, Kyrgios reached the Wimbledon final and the US Open in the last eight, Tomljanovic reached the quarter-finals at the All England Club and Flushing Meadows and Australia qualified for first time since 1993 for the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup finals.

“It just shows what we’ve been able to achieve in Australian tennis this year,” said de Minaur on Friday.

“People should realize how telling those two results are because they’re very long years and we Aussies tend to spend a lot more time than anyone on tour away from home.

“And for just showing how much it means to play for Australia and how proud we are to represent the green and gold.”

If Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis win the Australian Open men’s doubles and Matt Ebden and Max Purcell reach the Wimbledon doubles and Ebden alongside Samantha Stosur also reach the mixed doubles final at SW19, 2022 will prove difficult.

However, De Minaur says winning the United Cup would be an “amazing” way to start the new year and hopes fans will head to Sydney’s Ken Rosewall Arena for Australia’s group games against Britain and Rafael Nadal’s Spain and possibly the final will fill.

“We were in Malaga not too long ago and we were playing for a Davis Cup title in a practically neutral venue, whereas in the past you tended to fill the stadiums with people cheering for you or against you,” she said Number 24 in the world.

“That has always made the whole thing very special.

“But we now have a chance to represent our country at home in Australia, so it’s going to be great.

“It would mean a lot if we could cause damage and take the title home – especially in front of a home crowd.”

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