World No. 8 Felix Auger-Aliassime has accepted a wildcard into Newport, per Michal Samulski. Auger-Aliassime, 21, has no previous appearances in Newport and he will be making his debut at the American grass court event next month.
For this grass season, Auger-Aliassime decided to have a loaded schedule and his grass season won't end after Wimbledon.
Felix Auger-Aliassime with wildcard for ATP250 Newport, 11-17 July. — Michal Samulski (@MichalSamulski) June 23, 2022
Auger-Aliassime played his first grass tournament in the opening week of the grass season as he made the s'-Hertogenbosch semifinal, before losing to eventual champion Tim van Rijthoven. Last week, Auger-Aliassime suffered a defeat to Hubert Hurkacz in the Halle quarterfinal.
Auger-Aliassime isn't playing any ATP events this week but he is competing at the Hurlingham exhibition. On Wednesday, Auger-Aliassime suffered a straight-set defeat to Novak Djokovic at the Hurlingham Club. On Friday, Auger-Aliassime is set to face Rafael Nadal at Hurlingham.
Auger-Aliassime on losing to Djokovic
Auger-Aliassime had a rough day on Wednesday as Djokovic handed him a 6-2 6-1 loss. "He was a lot better than me for sure. It was a difficult day on the court," Auger-Aliassime said after the loss.
"He was on it. He was playing well. I was struggling with my serve quite a lot. Novak I felt like he was striking the ball well and returning the ball well from the first game." Auger-Aliassime has had a solid grass season so far and he will certainly be hoping to make a strong run at Wimbledon.
12 months ago at Wimbledon, Auger-Aliassime reached his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal. Auger-Aliassime will certainly be motivated to do well at Wimbledon this year as well, and after Wimbledon, he will focus on making a deep run in Newport.
Auger-Aliassime usually plays well at the Grand Slams as he has reached the second week in each of his last four Grand Slam appearances. It remains to be seen how far can Auger-Aliassime go at Wimbledon this year.