World No. 11 Felix Auger-Aliassime has signed up to play Montpellier in 2022, the tournament announced on Friday. Auger-Aliassime, 21, is set to make his second appearance on the indoor hard courts of Montpellier. Auger-Aliassime made his Montpellier debut in 2020, when he made the round-of-16 before losing to Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Montpellier confirmed Auger-Aliassime for the nex year's tournament just days after the 21-year-old was named the Canada's Male Tennis Player of the Year. "Felix, Denis and Jaden had excellent seasons, and we are very pleased to honour them today,” said Michael Downey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tennis Canada.
“In the challenging conditions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, all three found ways to stand out and deliver exceptional performances. Felix—the first Canadian to reach the men’s semifinal of the US Open—pursued his meteoric ascent, rising to a career-high World No.10.
Denis was the first player since Milos Raonic to reach for the semifinals of Wimbledon before falling to World No.1 Novak Djokovic."
Auger-Aliassime enjoyed a good 2021 campaign
Auger-Aliassime, who hired coach Toni Nadal in April, didn't win his maiden ATP title this year but he made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open and broke into the top-10 for the first time in his career.
"Yeah, it was good I mean. Through conversations, through work on court, I think I've been able to just learn and just kind of take a lot of information from Toni and then cross it and see what I can take from that, learn from that.
So just him being there, being present is a huge source of motivation and more than anything, a source of confidence and trust," Auger-Aliassime said on The Match Point Canada podcast. Auger-Aliassime credited coach Nadal for bringing confidence to his team.
"I think to summarize what Toni has brought this year, then he's brought a lot of confidence in the team, that we're on the right track, he's brought confidence that making the semifinals of Grand Slams are challenging but it's something that's doable, something of a normality than something that's extraordinary. He's just brought a lot of confidence to myself and my team," Auger-Aliassime explained.