Canadian tennis star Felix Auger-Aliassime has signed up to play the Libema Open in 's-Hertogenbosch, the tournament announced on Monday. Auger-Aliassime, 21, is set to make his debut on the grass courts of the Libema Open.
The Libema Open takes place in the opening week of the grass season and that's where Auger-Aliassime will be kicking off his grass season. Auger-Aliassime joins world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, who was announced for the Libema Open last month.
Auger-Aliassime enjoyed a big grass season last year and he will be hoping to achieve more big results on grass this year.
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Last year, Auger-Aliassime kicked off his grass season with a finals appearance in Stuttgart. After ending runner-up in Stuttgart, Auger-Aliassime reached the Halle semifinal. Auger-Aliassime then clinched his best Wimbledon result as he made the quarterfinal before losing to Matteo Berrettini.
Auger-Aliassime set for Rome
Before Auger-Aliassime starts his grass season, he first has to finish his clay season. Last week, Auger-Aliassime played at the Madrid Masters, where he made the quarterfinal before losing to Alexander Zverve.
Zverev, ranked at No. 3 in the world, beat Auger-Aliassime 6-3 7-5 to progress into the Madrid semifinal. Auger-Aliassime got off to a slow start to the match versus Zverev as he got broken in the third game. In the ninth game - when Auger-Aliassime was serving to stay in the first set - Zverev broke Auger-Aliassime for the second time.
After winning the first set, Zverev broke Auger-Aliassime in the second game of the second set to open an early 2-0 lead. Auger-Aliassime had two break points in the third game but failed to convert as Zverev took a 3-0 lead.
However, Auger-Aliassime refused to quit and he broke back Zverev in the seventh game. Auger-Aliassime missed out on a break point in the ninth game but also saved two match points on his serve in the 10th game. However, Auger-Aliassime fell short in his bid to clinch a comeback win as Zverev broke the Canadian in the 12th game, when the Canadian was serving to stay in the match. Auger-Aliassime, seeded at No. 8, now has a first round bye in Rome.