Felix Auger-Aliassime joins stellar field in Marseille 2020


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Felix Auger-Aliassime joins stellar field in Marseille 2020

The 28th edition of the Open 13 Provence in Marseille will take place at the Palais des sports de Marseille between February 17-23, 2020. The event kicked off back in 1993, with Boris Becker, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Robin Soderling, Juan Martin del Potro and Nick Kyrgios among notable champions.

The organizers have been working hard on shaping up the strongest possible field for the next edition, signing five great players who should be among the title favorites in four months. After the US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev, another top-10 star Karen Khachanov and the three-time champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, they went for two young Canadians, as Felix Auger-Aliassime followed Denis Shapovalov to become the fifth confirmed player for 2020 edition of this prestigious indoor tournament.

World no. 19 will play in Marseille for the second time, losing to Thomas Fabbiano in straight sets in 2018 at only his second ATP tournament in a career and hoping for a much deeper run next February. Felix has made incredible progress in the last couple of seasons and has stood as the leader of the new generation born around 2000, already reaching three ATP finals in 2019 and winning 36 matches.

Kicking off the year from just outside the top-100, Felix needed some time to find the desired form, leaving a couple of early exits behind him and advancing into the title match at the ATP 500 event in Rio de Janeiro, losing to Laslo Djere but earning points to find himself in the top-60.

In Miami, Auger-Aliassime became one of the youngest Masters 1000 semi-finalists, mastering another surface and standing on the verge of entering the final after being a break up against John Isner in both sets, only to lose in two tie breaks.

In Lyon, Benoit Paire halted the Canadian in the title match and Felix was in another one in Stuttgart, suffering a tight loss to Matteo Berrettini and showing his skills on grass as well. The results were not there in recent months and Felix is trying to change that in the last events of the season before attacking even higher goals in 2020 and that first ATP title.