French doubles star Nicolas Mahut says he is a big fan of rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime as he hopes the Canadian will fulfill his enormous talent and one day become world No. 1 player. Auger-Aliassime, who turned professional in 2017, has already achieved some notable things in his short career and he is videly considered as one of the most talented and promising players from his generation.
"I really hope that one day he will become world No. 1. With him, tennis is in good hands. He has everything: charisma, intelligence, generosity," Mahut said of Auger-Aliassime in a Twitter post.
The 19-year-old Canadian has already been to five ATP finals but unfortunately he hasn't yet claimed his maiden title.
J’espère tellement qu’il sera un jour numéro 1 mondial.
Last year, Auger-Aliassime made his maiden ATP final at an ATP 500 event in Rio de Janeiro, in which he ended runner-up to Serb Laslo Djere. The Canadian made two more finals in 2019 as he ended runner-up in Lyon and Stuttgart respectively.
This year, Auger-Aliassime made back-to-back finals in Rotterdam and Marseille but ended runner-up on both occasions. Auger-Aliassime, ranked at No. 20 in the world, achieved his career-high ranking of No. 17 in the world toward the end of the last season.
Felix Auger-Aliassime is trying to do some good things off the court as well
Auger-Aliassime recently tried to use his voice to urge people to take racism seriously and to be aware that it exists and that it is a serious problem in today's society.
"We always think that it happens to others, in poor neighborhoods, in certain situations. I believe it is not true. There are many forms of racism. The one we have seen lately in the United States, very violent. But there is all kind of racism and discrimination," Auger-Aliassime said in a contribution post for L'Equipe.
"People have to be aware of it. They must realize that it does not only happen to others, it can happen to their friends, their teachers, their coaches. To everybody. We have come a long way, but it is still a long way to achieve equality."
Felix Auger-Aliassime will return to competitive action at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, which is set to take place at the Mouratoglou Academy.