Felix Auger-Aliassime: 'I never looked back after deciding to play tennis as career'



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Felix Auger-Aliassime: 'I never looked back after deciding to play tennis as career'

Making a name for himself in 2015, still at 14, Felix Auger-Aliassime has been the youngster to watch ever since. The Montreal native has made impressive progress through the ATP ranking list in the last couple of seasons, gathering experience on the Challenger Tour and preparing for the ATP duties.

Finishing the year just outside the top-100, Felix experienced an injury in December 2018, needing a couple of tournaments to find the form in the following season. It came in Rio de Janeiro where Auger-Aliassime competed in his first ATP final, becoming one of the youngest players in the title match of the ATP 500 event.

In Miami, Felix became the youngest semi-final of the prestigious tournament, losing two more finals in Lyon and Stuttgart, staying away from the first ATP trophy. Following the semi-final at Queen's, Auger-Aliassime grabbed only seven wins by the end of the previous season, still doing enough to finish just outside the top-20.

After a poor start of the current season, Felix was the finalist under a roof in Rotterdam and Marseille, losing both of those for a miserable 0-5 score in the ATP title matches. Despite that, the youngster is determined to stay in the sport for many more years and leave a good example for future generations.

Felix explained he never looked back after deciding to chase a career in tennis, passing all the obstacles and finding his place among the best players in the world as a teenager. "People will get to know me over the years and probably know that I want to leave a good example for the generation after.

I want to inspire kids to get interested in the sport, but further than that, just be a good citizen.

If you have that in you, if you put it in place every day, good things will probably happen.

Since I'm seven, eight years old, I knew I wanted to be a professional player.

Now, I'm just living my dream. I never thought of doing anything else, which is weird to say to other teenagers that I see who are finding themselves not really knowing what they want to do. There was no guarantee that I would make it, obviously, but at the same time, I never doubted myself that that is what I wanted to do.

Since the day I decided I wanted to play tennis as a career, I never looked back. I was pretty lucky to get results when I was still young… It's not the same for every player, but I think the expectations were high from myself and from the people around me since I'm very young.

The tough part for me was to be high in the rankings at 16, 17, and then you're sometimes losing in Challengers and in tournaments that I'd won before and not doing things other people my age were doing. I'm the type of player that leaves his soul on the court.

I try to engage myself fully in what I'm doing every time I step on the court. As my parents used to say, anything that you're doing is worth doing 100 percent, and if you're not doing it entirely, you might as well not do it," Felix Auger-Aliassime said.