World No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime has signed up to play Estoril this year, according to Jose Morgado. Auger-Aliassime, 21, is set to make his debut on the clay courts of Estoril.
Auger-Aliassime tried to make the Estoril main draw in 2018 but failed after losing in the qualifying first round. Auger-Aliassime didn't play well on clay in the last two seasons but in 2019 he enjoyed success on the surface.
Félix Auger Aliassime is the first name confirmed for the @EstorilOpen 2022.
🤩 — José Morgado (@josemorgado) February 8, 2022
Auger-Aliassime made two clay finals in 2019 as he ended runner-up in Rio de Janeiro and Lyon.
Auger-Aliassime will be among favorites in Estoril
The full Estoril player field has yet to be revealed but for sure Auger-Aliassime will be among favorites for the title.
Meanwhile, Auger-Aliassime is set to return to action this week in Rotterdam. Auger-Aliassime last played at the Australian Open, where he lost to Daniil Medvedev in tight five sets, Auger-Aliassime lost to Medvedev but was proud of the way he competed against the world No.
2. “I can go back and think I wish I made different choices, or I wish Daniil didn’t play as good in certain moments,” Auger-Aliassime said after the match. “At the end of the day, I can’t regret the effort that I put, and the chances I gave myself.
I like to look at it in a positive way. Of course I would have loved to win. I love to win every time. It sucks to lose in the end, but that’s life. I just need to accept it. “I wish I could go back and change it, but I can’t.
So, you know, I have accepted it already. It is what it is. I look at it in a very positive way. So far I played two tournaments this year. I showed some good level again today “Yeah, it’s unfortunate I couldn’t win, but it was a good match.
I showed good things. You know, I’m going to leave Australia with my head held high, and I’m going to go into the rest of the season knowing that I can play well, I can play well against the best players in the world”.