The Montreal native Felix Auger-Aliassime was destined for tennis glory ever since he qualified for the Drummondville Challenger in March 2015 at the age of 14! A few months later, Felix advanced into the quarter-final in Granby, still before turning 15 to write history again, and the rest is pretty much history, achieving one milestone after another and improving his game all the time to mix successful junior career (the youngest US Open champion) with first pro steps.
In 2017, Felix became the seventh youngest Challenger champion in Lyon, adding another one later that season and passing the 40-win mark at Challengers before turning 18, another clear sign of his abilities! Felix notched the first ATP win last year at Indian Wells and a year later he became the third-youngest Masters 1000 semi-finalist in Miami, qualifying for the main draw and winning five matches before John Isner halted him in two tie breaks.
Starting the season from just outside the top-100, Felix reached the final in Rio de Janeiro as the first player born in 2000 to achieve that, securing more triumphs in Sao Paulo and Indian Wells before that incredible Miami run that could have lasted for more, having a break advantage in both sets against the American.
Ranked 185th twelve months ago, super talented youngster carved his way towards the top of men's game, cracking the top-120 in August and lingering just outside the top-100 for four months before that Rio run that propelled himself into the top-60.
Competing in Miami ranked 57th, Felix earned massive 376 points, enough to stand on the 33rd position in the rankings last Monday as the youngest player in that group since Lleyton Hewitt and Rafael Nadal. Speaking on Ici Radio-Canada’s “Tout Le Monde En Parle,” Felix set the ultimate goal for 2020, targeting top-10 debut in the next season and to continue his thrilling run that has been on for the last four years, ever since that first Challenger he played.
Felix will compete in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and Lyon before heading to Paris for the second Grand Slam of the season, looking to extend his good run on clay from 2018 and this February and earn enough points to move closer to that desired place among the elite ten.
“My objective is to reach the top-10 next year,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I still have to work, I have to improve my game, and the consequences will be that my ranking will rise”.