Queensland’s Sports Minister Mick de Brenni has congratulated self-described “proud Queenslander” and outstanding tennis player John Millman.
Mr de Brenni said John had stunned the international tennis world by beating world number 2 Roger Federer in the US Open.
“On the very first time John went up against a top ten player, he knocked him out of the running – it’s just outstanding,” Mr de Brenni said.
“The last Australian to beat Federer in a grand slam match was also a Queenslander, and that was Pat Rafter in 1999.
“John may have stunned the international tennis world, but we know that Queenslanders are absolutely determined to succeed.
“Queenslanders have grit and determination, and if there’s anyone who typifies that, it’s John Millman.”
Tennis Queensland CEO Mark Handley said Mr Millman had battled multiple injuries through the course of his career, including some surgeries to repair hip and shoulder injuries.
“If there’s ever been someone who met the definition of perseverance – it’s John,” Mr Handley said.
“He’s been battling injury the whole time, and he’s finally managed to get his body fit and healthy and just in time.
“It was a tough match. We thought that Federer’s experience would put him on the back foot, but it was the opposite – it was John’s experience of injury kept him pushing and got him across the line.
“John’s a human brick wall. He had no fear in the end, and he got the win.”
Mr de Brenni said he would be looking forward to seeing Mr Millman take the fight to Novak Djokovic in the quarter final on Thursday.
“That never say die attitude – that’s what Queenslanders do.”
Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport
The Honourable Mick de Brenni