Rising Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime is hoping his collaboration with Toni Nadal will be a long-term one. Nadal, who coached record 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal for years, took a break from the Tour before returning as the new coach of Auger-Aliassime.
coach Nadal's return to the Tour took everyone a bit off guard but Auger-Aliassime knew exactly why he wanted to add Uncle Toni to his coaching staff. “The goal is to keep [the collaboration] going after the clay court, for the whole year,” Auger-Aliassime told reporters, per Tennis Majors.
“After that, maybe even more in the future, we’ll see. I’m happy that he’s with me to start our partnership. “Why Toni Nadal? As a coach, it’s hard to find a better one, with the track record he’s had with his nephew.
It’s a great opportunity to learn from the best, to see what I can do better to get to the next level, to just improve. In the end, that’s what’s important, to continue to become an even better player. That’s what I am trying to do with Toni.
I really like the man before the coach, I like his mentality and his values. It’s a pleasure to have him in my team”.
Auger-Aliassime and Nadal off to a good start to their partnership
“Frankly, from the very first days, it went very well, there was a good feeling,” said the Canadian.
“We decided to continue”. Auger-Aliassime, 20, has played in seven ATP finals but he has yet to win an ATP title. “Every week I would like to win,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I’ve been on the circuit for two or three years now and I’m getting more and more comfortable in each tournament.
I’ve already reached a few finals. I’d like to win a title, I’ll see when it comes. I want to play good tennis. I don’t put any limits on myself for the tournaments to come”.