An 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime is one of the most promising upcoming stars on the ATP Tour, standing on the verge of the top-100 and leading the 2000 generation ever since the first appearance on the professional Tour.
After a slow start of 2018 due to a knee injury, Felix found his form during the clay season and he is ready for more success in 2019 that should be the breakthrough season and establish him in the top-60 or top-70. The start of the season wasn't that good for the young Canadian, losing in the first round in Pune and Brest Challenger, with the second qualifying round loss at the Australian Open.
That all changed last weekend, though, with Auger-Aliassime delivering the deciding point for Canada over Slovakia in Davis Cup Qualifiers, beating Norbert Gombos to send Canada into Davis Cup finals in November in Madrid.
Felix couldn't stay in Europe for too long, traveling to Argentina where he was to play the qualifying draw before receiving the main draw invitation to enter his 12th ATP tournament in a career so far. Asked about Davis Cup, Auger-Aliassime said he is delighted with the way he performed and also Canada should have been ranked higher in Davis Cup finals draw, especially with Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov in the squad.
Ranked 13th, Canada lead the third pot which means they could face some of the strongest nations from groups 1 and 2, including France, Croatia, Argentina, the USA, Spain or Australia. The organizers have scheduled the draw for February 14 in Madrid and no one would love to draw Canada from that third group, proving to be a very tough rival for anybody with Raonic, Pospisil, Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime who are to defend the national colors between November 18-24.
“With Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov as our top players and from what we’ve shown over the last few years, I think maybe we deserved a better spot in Davis Cup draw,” Auger-Aliassime said. “But at the end, it doesn’t matter with the seedings.
Obviously there’s only strong teams in the field. It will be tough competition and tough matches every day. But if our best players come, we might get a chance to do something good”.