A new star of Canadian tennis has shot to the limelight this week following his impressive run in the qualification tournament of the ATP Challenger Banque Nationale de Drummondville in Canada. 14-year-old Felix Auger Aliassime had never played a match on the pro tour going into the qualifying rounds, however, he produced three impressive wins to become one of the youngest players to qualify for the main draw of a ATP Challenger in history.
Currently ranked 191 in the junior rankings, Aliassime received a wildcard into the event. In the first round, he produced a straight set's win over top 100 junior player Jack Mingjie Lin as he dropped only four games.
Then he encountered a trickier task in the second round against eighth seed Chris Guccione. Guccione is currently ranked 980 in the world, but he has been ranked inside the top 100 back in 2008 before being plagued by injury.
Impressively the Canadian teenager recovered from a being bagled in the first set to beat his Austrailian rival 0-6, 6-3, 6-4. In the final round of qualification today Aliassime faced world number 433 Fritz Wolmarans from South Africa.
After edging his way through a close first set, the unranked youngster cruised in the main draw by producing some incredible shots to take the win 7-6(4), 6-3. At 14 years and 7 months, the Canadian is the youngest player to qualify for a main draw of a Challenger event since 2004.
In 2004 Guilherme Clezar qualified for the main draw of the Floripa Challenger at the age of 14 years and 3 months. The full replay of his match against Wolmarans can be seen in the following video.
Felix Auger Aliassime profile Age- 14
Birthplace- Monteal, Canada
ITF Junior rank - 191 (best ranking 188)
3 ITF junior titles this year in Mexico (G4 Jalisco singles, G3 Queretaro singles & G4 Jalisco doubles).
Current career win-loss in the junior circuit is 21-5.
UPDATE Unfortunately, hours after his win, it has been reported that Aliassime has had to withdraw from the main draw due to an abdominal strain. Fritz Wolmarans will replace him in the main draw.
In the end, Félix Auger Aliassime, who qualified for the Drummondville MD at onlt 14, was forced to withdraw due to an abdominal strain.
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