Everyone endured the quarantine period of the pandemic a little bit differently. Alex de Minaur spent most of the initial lockdown at his training base in Spain, alone.
The world No. 23 struggled with the solitude and an addiction to technology (cue the video games), but then found ways to stay busy by working out and mastering trick shots.
Once the tour resumed, De Minaur hit the ground running. He won the doubles crown at the Western and Southern Open with Pablo Carreno Busta and then reached the quarterfinals of the US Open. Though the clay season didn't go very well, he reached the final of Antwerp before calling it a season.
To start of 2021, he won his fourth career ATP title, in Antalya. Then, after a trying two-week hotel quarantine, he got to spend a lot of quality time back in his home country for the ATP Cup and Australian Open.
Though total normalcy hasn't returned just yet, the 22-year-old can take a lot of lessons from the past year into his very bright future.