Felix Auger-Aliassime and Gael Monfils competed at the Laver Cup, in the center of Rogers Arena in Vancouver, and their match generated a heated discussion between the two, as well as various controversies. An argument suddenly ignited, on the first day of racing on the calendar, the 2023 edition of the Laver Cup, therefore, under the amazed eyes of the crowd.
The Frenchman was having too much fun for the Canadian, annoyed by some of his opponent's behaviour. So, Felix explained himself and started arguing during a change of ends. The episode naturally did not go unnoticed and the journalists asked what had happened to the Canadian player at the end of the match.
Auger Aliassime & Monfils got into a bit of an argument during their match at Laver Cup.
Gael felt like the atmosphere was a relaxed, fun environment.
Felix was treating it like a regular ATP tournament.
Does anyone speak French? 😂
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Auger-Aliassime rips Gael Monfils' attitude at the Laver Cup
The Canadian explained: "The atmosphere had gotten a little heated, there was tension.
I was simply talking to the referees and to him to understand what rules he was applying. If they were the ones we got used to in tournaments or different.
I played this tournament as if it were an ATP and I think everyone involved, not just me, we all believed that the Laver Cup was a competition with such potential that it should be taken very seriously, not only now but also in the future.
I was just making sure of that.
Things got a little heated for a couple of games, but I'm happy we were able to finish the game. Gael is someone I look up to, so I don't think there's any tension outside of that. that just happened."
Then he added: "It was just a matter of understanding what rules we were applying, because I approached this match like any other match.
Obviously it's not the same in terms of expectations, compared to a Slam for example. But it's still competitive and because we play as a team, we want to win for the team. For me it was like that."
We recall the Laver Cup was co-founded by Roger Federer (present on the first day on the Rogers Arena in Vancouver - ed.) in honor of the Australian tennis legend Rod Laver.
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