Alex de Minaur’s classy act with French Open superfan goes viral

Alex de Minaur may have finally found someone as passionate as he is.

The Australian’s classy moment with a young superfan goes viral following his hard-fought third-round victory at the French Open on Sunday morning (AEST).

The demon has now launched a public appeal to track down the young fan after helping the 25-year-old to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 comeback victory over Jan-Lennard Struff.

De Minaur made it to the round of 16 for the first time at Roland Garros and publicly praised the young fan for helping him reach the finish line in a match that was interrupted by rain.

The television broadcast showed the young fan roaring and clenching his fists every time de Minaur scored a point, and the Australian turning to the young fan and rearing up after many points in the game.

After shaking hands with his German opponent and the referee, de Minaur walked over to the young fan at the fence and hugged him.

“The young lad was there from the first to the last point, despite a five-hour rain delay,” said de Minaur.

“He was that little boy who would scream in my face every time I changed ends, every point I won. I look at him and think, if I was a fan, I’d probably be back home because it was damn cold out there.

“I don’t understand what that boy did, but, oh, he gave me life. Every time I turn the page, I look at him and look him in the eyes. I just hugged him. Dude… it was a relief more than anything. It was unbelievable. I cherish that boy.

“The fact that he spent 10 hours on the court in freezing cold today and motivated me made me happy that I was able to get a win together with him.”

The video of the hug went viral; a version shared by the official French Open account was viewed over 600,000 times.

After the game, De Minaur asked for help in finding the young fan via Instagram and Twitter.

“I need to find out the name of this legend!!! Message me on Instagram, I need you for the next round,” de Minaur wrote on Twitter.

According to Reuters, de Minaur continued: “I would have given him everything I had in my pocket. I just couldn’t think clearly because of all the emotions. But he deserved everything. Racket, shoes, whatever he wanted.”

De Minaur will face fifth-seeded Daniil Medvedev in the fourth round.

Medvedev defeated Tomas Machac 7:6 (7/4), 7:5, 1:6, 6:4.

“It was a very tough match,” said Medvedev.

“I’m glad that I stayed consistent despite some difficult moments in the third set.”

— with AFP

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