In an interview with the Journal de Montreal, 19-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime spoke about his approach for the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. Auger-Aliassime said: "Federer and Djokovic have not won a gold medal yet.
If I could win a gold at the Olympics, it would be the ultimate achievement except the Grand Slam tournaments. That would be the dream scenario. For me it's a dream that goes beyond tennis. You join a larger crowd and you interact with more people.
I remember I saw many matches, not just tennis but many other sports. Walking at the opening ceremony with the other Canadians would be great." On his goals for the season overall, Auger-Aliassime added: "I will try to win my maiden title, we know it's not easy.
Shapovalov got his maiden title at the end of the year (in Stockholm). Also for a high-quality player like him, it's not easy. We have to get closer to the Grand Slams quarter-finals and semis. We do not set any limit. Every tournament I play in, I want to win."
Auger-Aliassime regrets he cannot study anything: "As for most of the teenagers at my age, sometimes I ask myself what I would have liked to study at the University. But tennis became my job and even if it's an unusual job, I ask myself every day what I would have done.
I have many interests," he said, adding that he loves the Rome Open because he can eat well there. He wants to go far at the Australian Open: "I was in Australia twice and I like it. People are friendly and noisy. That's a pretty interesting environment."