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FELIX AUGER ALIASSIME

Nationality:
Canada
Height:
193cm
Age:
23
Points:
2115
RANKING
#19

Bio

Félix Auger-Aliassime was born in Montreal on August 8, 2000. In his career he won four singles titles on the major circuit out of thirteen finals played and, in November 2022, reached 6th position in the world rankings. In doubles he boasts the victory of the Paris-Bercy Masters, paired with Hubert Hurkacz; in 2022 he won the ATP Cup and the Davis Cup with the Canadian team. He grew up in the suburbs of Quebec City.

His father Sam Aliassime is a Togolese tennis coach, his mother Marie Auger is of French-Canadian origin and his older sister Malika also pursued a career as a tennis player. He began playing tennis at the age of 4 with his father and his idol was Roger Federer, who like him celebrates his birthday on August 8th. He has donated a part of his earnings to the needy children of Togo. In 2020 he joined the ATP council. In 2012 he won the Open Super Auray in the 11-12 year old category.

He is the second youngest to win multiple Challenger titles at 17 years and one month and the youngest player to defend a Challenger title at 17 years and ten months. Auger-Aliassime had a successful junior career, peaking at world No. 2 and winning the 2016 US Open men's singles title. He also won the previous year's men's doubles title at the 2015 US Open with countryman Denis Shapovalov.

On the ATP Tour, Auger-Aliassime made his top 100 and top 25 debuts at age 18 in a year highlighted by his first ATP final in February 2019 at the Rio Open, an ATP 500 event. He got three finals in 2019, three more in 2020 and two finals in 2021, for a total of eight consecutive runners-up out of eight ATP finals and the semifinals at the 2021 US Open. He is the only player besides Novak Djokovic and John Isner to force Rafael Nadal in a five-set match at the French Open.

Regarding the eight finals he lost between 2019 and 2021, he said: "Every time I lost one of those eight finals, it was mentally tough. I said to myself: This year I will try to be a different, better player. I managed to lock the negativity inside me and focus on the positives. I felt relief when I saw my opponent's shot come out on match point. I was happy on the court, but you start to feel your emotion when you reach out to the people you care about and share this moment with them. You think of all the work you have done to find yourself in that position. It's a relief."

Career

On 15 February 2015 Felix won her first ITF Junior Tour title in a Grade 3 tournament, success repeated the following week in a Grade 4 in which she also prevailed in the doubles event alongside compatriot Nicaise Muamba. In August, he claimed his first hard-court trophy in a Grade 1 tournament at College Park, beating Alex De Minaur in the semi-final and Denis Shapovalov in the final.

On 13 September he won the junior doubles tournament at the US Open with Shapovalov himself. In October, together with Shapovalov, he won the Junior Davis Cup by beating Germany in the final, contributing to the success with 4 wins out of 5 matches in singles and winning all those in doubles. On 6 December he won Grade 1 of the Eddie Herr International Tennis Championship in Bradenton, overcoming Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals and Alex De Minaur in the final act.

In 2016 he lost against Geoffrey Blancaneaux the junior singles final at Roland Garros and the junior doubles final at Wimbledon, where he played with Shapovalov and were defeated by Kenneth Raisma / Stefanos Tsitsipas, on 6 June 2016 he climbed to 2nd place for the first time in the ranking world class.

The following 11 September, he achieved his most important result among the juniors by triumphing at the US Open, with success in the final over Miomir Kecmanović with a score of 6-3, 6-0. He closed his experience in the category in October by returning to play the Junior Davis Cup final, this time without Shapovalov, he won his singles and lost the decisive doubles, and the trophy was won by Russia which won 2-1.

On May 8, 2016 he played his first professional final at the Futures Spain F12 on clay in Lleida, and he was defeated in straight sets by Ramkumar Ramanathan. On October 31, 2016, he won his first professional title on clay at the US Futures F15 in Birmingham, overcoming Juan Manuel Benitez Chavarriaga in straight sets in the final. In the ATP ranking he rises to the position n. 613.

On March 6, 2017, Felix captured his second Futures title in the Canada F2 tournament, defeating Gleb Sakharov in three sets in the final. On 18 June he beat Mathias Bourgue in the final on clay in Lyon and won his first Challenger tournament, becoming at the age of 16 years and 10 months the seventh youngest player in history to win a tournament of this level. Three months later he prevailed on the yellow clay of the Seville Challenger beating Íñigo Cervantes Huegún in three sets in the final. He closes the season in position n. 162 in the world ranking.

Thanks to a wild card, on February 13, 2018, he played his first ATP match on indoor hard courts in Rotterdam, where he was defeated 2-6, 6-3, 5-7 by Filip Krajinovic. He also goes out in the first round at the following 250 in Marseille. His first ATP victory comes two weeks later at the Masters 1000 in Indian Wells, where he passes the qualifiers and makes his debut in a tournament of this level by defeating Vasek Pospisil in the first round, and is then eliminated in straight sets by Milos Raonic.

In 2019, at the ATP 500 in Rio De Janeiro, Auger Aliassime reached the final for the first time in a tournament on the ATP Tour, eliminating Fabio Fognini, Christian Garín, Jaume Munar and Pablo Cuevas in order. In the final he was defeated in straight sets by Laslo Djere; at the end of the tournament he enters the top 100 for the first time, in 60th position.

In Lyon he reached his second final, eliminating John Millman, Steve Johnson and Nikoloz Basilashvili in that order. In the final act, he surrendered in two sets to Benoit Paire, also due to a groin problem which prevented him from playing his first Roland Garros the following week. In the first round of the Stuttgart tournament he disputes and wins his first ATP match on grass in two sets against Ernests Gulbis, then eliminates Gilles Simon and in the quarterfinals he wins in three tie-breaks against Dustin Brown, after saving a match point in deciding set. Thanks to the retirement of Milos Raonic he goes directly to his third career ATP final and is defeated by Matteo Berrettini with a score of 6-4, 7-6.

In 2020 Felix reaches three singles finals and gets his first doubles title. In fact, in November together with Hubert Hurkacz he wins the Paris Rolex Masters. He reaches and loses the finals in Rotterdam, Marseille and Cologne. The following year, the finals arrive, with further defeats, in Melbourne and Stuttgart.

Felix unlocks himself in 2022, winning 4 finals out of five games. He won Rotterdam against Tsitsipas, Firenze against Wolf, Antwerp vs Korda and Basel against Rune. He lost in Marseille against Rublev. In 2022 he also won the ATP Cup and Davis Cup, quarterfinals at the Australian Open. At the Australian Open 2023, he was eliminated in the fourth round.

Felix defeated Rafael Nadal for the first time in his career and earned a very important victory in the Green Group of the 2022 ATP Finals. The one between the Canadian and the Spaniard, considering last Sunday's results, was practically an inside or outside match and Auger -Aliassime I have shown all the improvements made from a mental point of view in the last few months.

The 22-year-old from Montreal made the difference with his serve and won, also thanks to this fundamental, all the key points that ended up determining the outcome of the match. The Canadian took home 81% of the points with his first serve, canceled five break points for his rival and won two of the three games in which Nadal offered him clear chances.

Auger-Aliassime explained: "It's a special victory. It's never easy to beat players like him. This success gives me a lot of confidence. It's nice to be able to say that I finally managed to beat Nadal, especially in a tournament like this. It's a very important victory to stay alive in the tournament and have a chance to move forward.

I didn't think about Nadal becoming number one. I really didn't know. For me it was simply an opportunity to win this game and move forward in the tournament. When you face a great player, you always have extra motivation and try to play your best tennis. I was able to do it today. It's special to have beaten him, Novak Djokovic at the Laver Cup and Roger Federer before. It's a special memory for a young player like me.

Toni Nadal? We talked about the things I needed to do, not specifically about Rafa. I know Nadal, I have seen him play many times. I had already played against him. When I play against him, Novak Djokovic or any other tennis player I know well, my coach Fred gives me stats from previous matches. He talks to me about the things that have or haven't worked, so that I can have clearer ideas. Other than that, he hasn't told me any secrets. Nothing special."

The Australian Open 2023 brought big surprises. Felix Auger Aliassime, seeded number 6 in the tournament, was eliminated in four sets by the Czech Lehecka, another big surprise this year. The Canadian lost in four sets with Lehecka prevailing with the result of 4-6 6-3 7-6 7-6. In the conference, the tennis player made the following statements:

"I think he played better than me overall, even if in this match it was the small details that made the difference. I played the two tiebreaks badly, I think that even in the first two sets they were very fought and I struggled on return points. When the tiebreak came he played the best moments better and he deserved to win. I've known this boy for more than a year, he's playing very well and growing in the standings, I remember seeing him in Rotterdam, he made the semifinals there and is playing Very good. I think we'll see that a lot in the future.

He serves very well and is good at everything, I can only wish him luck for the next round. This has been a tough week, to be honest. I gave everything I had and had a good time too. For example, I think I played very well in the first set, I was serving well but in other parts of my game I didn't give my best and I wasn't able to give what was needed to beat a tennis player like him.

I accept it, in the end I gave everything but I am aware that I want to reach a higher level. Jiri is a guy with his head on his shoulders, everyone talks about him well and I think he has everything to become a good tennis player. These weeks have been tough and I need to understand why, I gave my all but never reached my peak, you need to understand what really happened. Now this tournament is over, I have to recover and think about the future."

Style of play

Felix plays his best tennis on clay-courts. His favorite shot is the forehand, and his favorite tournament is the Rogers Cup, because it's played in his hometown of Montreal. Auger Aliassime also has a strong serve and moves well around the court. He is able to generate power easily from both wings, but is sometimes prone to unforced errors. Additionally, Felix plays high intensity at every point, which can wear down his opponents during long games.

Felix Auger Aliassime's 2022 was of an excellent level and the tennis player is expected to be definitively consecrated also in 2023, perhaps with a success or already at least a final even in the Grand Slam tournaments.

The Canadian's numbers are extraordinary and in particular, the very young talent has collected a particular new record. During this season Auger played 32 tournaments, over 250 days in the sport. An impressive continuity, Auger played 87 matches and is the third tennis player of the decade with the number of total matches, behind only David Ferrer's 91 and Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic's 88 in 2015. A continuity of performance that shows how the Canadian has the necessary continuity to compete at the top and fight all season with the best tennis players in the world.

Private life

In a recent interview, Felix opened up about his private life. He told: "Dad Sam is Togolese, mom Marie is French-speaking Canadian. I'm the son of two cultures and two religions, Muslim and Catholic: I take this diversity around the world with me. I've been to Togo once, in 2013. I'd like to go back what I know about Togo is what he told me my father, who emigrated to Montreal in search of a job and a better life. In Canada it started from scratch. It is from him that I learned the importance of commitment to work, the desire to seize opportunities.

Now that I'm top 10, I understand the power of influence I can exercise over African children. Two years ago I started a project in the north of the country to improve schools, education and health.

The double surname? I care, it's my wealth. Aliassime is a Muslim name, a religion I don't practice. I have an open mind, I know no prejudices. Frederic Fontang, a former French professional, trains me. Toni is mentor and advisor, after each match we talk for hours about the aspects of my tennis that I need to improve. Rafa's winning mentality comes from Toni."

The Canadian started his FAA points for change project, visiting some villages in Togo to see the evolution of the launched initiative. The player was filmed while he also tried his hand at dancing: the 22-year-old Montreal native's dance impressed fans enough.

The twenty-year-old Canadian tennis player is happily engaged to the beautiful Nina Ghaibi. Not much is known about the young woman, but from Instagram photos it is possible to admire her physical appearance and deduce that she travels a lot. The movements are probably linked to her boyfriend's work or simply the young woman works as a photo model.

Net Worth and Endorsement

Felix Auger-Aliassime has an estimated net worth of $3 million dollars. His tennis prize money and endorsements play a large part in his net worth. Other than that, if he keeps playing like this with great consistency, then he can be the next great tennis player with a big net worth. According to the ATP official website, Felix Auger-Aliassime has earned $2,761,656 USD in singles prize money and $78,700 USD in doubles in 2022 alone.

He has earned a reported $8,116,659 USD in career prize money since his debut, including both singles and doubles tennis. Felix Auger-Aliassime is among the most famous and successful Canadian tennis players. He is endorsed by some famous brands such as Adidas, Babolat and Tag Heuer.

Titles

2022

Basel (Indoor/Hard)
Antwerp (Indoor/Hard)
Florence (Indoor/Hard)
Rotterdam (Indoor/Hard)


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