NBA legend Steve Nash praises Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov


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NBA legend Steve Nash praises Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov

Canadian basketball legend Steve Nash is excited about the future of Canadian tennis as he believes Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov will have great careers. Nash, a two-time NBA MVP and eight-time All Star, has become interested in tennis since retiring from basketball a couple of years ago as he plays and watches tennis.

"Both Denis and Felix have big, big games. [They’re] great athletes who have a lot of shots. Both I think have incredible futures,” Nash said ahead of the Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic. “The best players are the ones that get on top of their game mentally.

Those young players are showing great signs. They have all the tools, and if they just continue to develop that grit and understanding, they’re going to be Top 5, Top 10 players in the world, easy." Auger-Aliassime, 19, hasn't yet won a maiden title but he has played three ATP finals this year, reached his first Masters 1000 semifinal in Miami, as well as achieved a career-high ranking of No.

19 in the world. Shapovalov, 20, also doesn't have a title in his collection but he has proved capable of playing tennis at a high level, having already reached three Masters 1000 semifinals.