The new-look Davis Cup gets underway on Monday, with Australia kicking off their tournament against Colombia in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Alex de Minaur has added the Atlanta Open to his Sydney International title win from earlier this year after a dominant victory over American Taylor Fritz.
De Minaur, 20, broke Fritz’s serve twice in the first set and dominated the second-set tiebreaker to seal his second ATP Tour trophy with a routine 6-3 7-6 (7-2) win in Sunday’s final.
The youngest finalist in the decade-long history of the Atlanta Open, de Minaur will move up to world No.25 when the rankings are updated on Monday.
De Minaur went the entire tournament without facing a break point and he fittingly clinched victory with a deft serve-and-volley backhand winner.
The Australian, who arrived in Atlanta ranked 34th in the world, was set back by a groin injury after his maiden ATP title.
He lost in the second round at both the French Open and Wimbledon, the latter in a tough five-setter against American Steve Johnson.
“It’s so good to see him back playing good tennis after struggling with injuries,” said a magnanimous Taylor, who made 20 unforced errors in the final.