Aussie tennis great fumes at unforgivable Ash Barty, Alex de Minaur detail

Ash Barty fans are understandably most hurt by the disrespect.

International broadcaster Tennis Channel seems to have forgotten about the Australian champion as Alex de Minaur celebrated his special moment at the French Open on Tuesday morning.

The top-ranked Australian will face Alexander Zverev in the last eight at Roland Garros on Thursday morning after recording his fifth win against a top 10 opponent this year by knocking out Daniil Medvedev.

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De Minaur had never made it past the second round on the Paris sands before this year, winning just three of his previous 10 bouts.

He also became the first Australian to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open since Lleyton Hewitt in 2004.

This statistic seems to be getting the tennis world wrong.

Tennis Channel was guilty of thinking de Minaur’s achievement marked the first time Australia had celebrated a French Open quarter-finalist in 20 years – mistakenly forgetting Barty and former French Open runner-up Sam Stosur.

Australian doubles champion Rennae Stubbs, who also previously coached Serena Williams, was among those to chastise the tennis host for his mistake.

Stubbs posted a photo of de Minaur’s post-match interview on court, where de Minaur’s bio showed no respect for Stosur and Barty, who won the tournament in 2019, her first career Slam.

“HUGE CONGRATULATIONS @alexdeminaur so happy for you mate,” Stubbs wrote.

“BUT @TennisChannel Demon is first Aussie MEN since Hewitt. If you remember

@bambamsam30 did it many times after 2004. Like finals, semis etc. Please can we make a proper graphic. thank you

“Oh and @ashbarty won the whole thing!”

Unfortunately, Tennis Channel was far from the only one to make the mistake.

But De Minaur has much more important things to worry about, as he has other records in his sights.

With a win over Zverev, he would become the first Australian to reach the semi-finals of the French Open since 1997.

He is guaranteed to climb to at least No. 9 after Monday’s realignment of the ATP rankings and has the chance to climb much higher with another pair of wins.

Unlike Zverev, who remains a controversial figure on the ATP Tour, de Minaur will be cheered by Australia – and most of the world.

Zverev has been cleared to continue playing on the international circuit despite an ongoing court case in which he has been charged with grievous bodily harm and the intentional suffocation of his former partner Brenda Pate.

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